Telkom SA is piloting its high-speed broadband service in South Africa. The three-month pilot project will take place in Benmore Gardens, Fourways and Waterkloof in Gauteng, Durban North in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Durbanville in the Western Cape provinces.
The firm has already deployed its new generation access network kits for the 40Mbps broadband service, reports IT Online.
Nombulelo Moholi, Telkom Group CEO, told IT Online that the network will be unparalleled in quality and reach, and one that will change the face of broadband in South Africa.
She said: “A core part of our strategy is to lead in the data and broadband space as well as the fixed-mobile convergence market. The timeous launch of this pilot indicates the focussed execution of our strategy”.
According to Moholi, the pilot will test the integration of their systems and look at their network management and configuration systems as well as validate the fulfilment of the service. The firm wants to carry out assurance processes, assess its technical and operational readiness and get feedback from its customers.
Telkom’s managing director for wholesale and networks Bashier Sallie said the firm is ready to lay out the superfast broadband as it has made great investments in revamping its transmissions and networks for faster transmission and superior browsing experiences for their clients.
“We have also transformed our transmission network, which has evolved from carrying Gbps to Tbps throughput with great resilience and manageability,” he said.
He added that laying of the WACS cables gave them an international connectivity with superb capacity and resilience.
The pilot is a major step in their ambition to provide quality and un championed broadband to their clients in South Africa, he said.