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Neotel bolsters FTTH prowess

May 27, 2014

Bonnie Tubbs

Despite SA being one of the world's fastest growing mobile phone markets – and the ever-decreasing prices of smartphones putting the Internet into ever more inhabitants' hands – SA's international broadband ranking is declining daily.

This is according to Dr Marten Scheffer, GM of network engineering at Neotel, who says the current state of affairs is a clear indication that mobile is not solving SA's broadband deficit.

Scheffer says fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) – which has seen an increased level of activity locally this year – could go a long way to improving SA's broadband outlook, if correctly understood and approached.

He says Neotel has invested a great deal of research and development in the area, and has 800km of fibre to the curb installed throughout Gauteng, with in the region of 6 000 buildings already connected.

MTN (../index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=134057:MTN-reveals-fibre-plans&catid=260), Vodacom and Telkom Mobile (../index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=134161:Telkom-fibre-to-the-home-to-launch-this-year&catid=260) all recently expressed interest and indicated respective action being taken in the realm of FTTH, with Vodacom remaining more tight-lipped than its counterparts, with a deal between itself and Neotel set to be wrapped up in March next year, subject to the requisite regulatory red tape being cut.

Scheffer says, while timelines are difficult to carve into stone, Neotel wants to turn its FTTH into a commercial offering "soon".

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Source: ITWeb

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