Previously part state-owned Telkom only offered Internet speeds up to 10Mbps, so the new service will provide a significant improvement for those willing to pay extra. A price structure has not yet been announced.
Bashier Sallie, Telkom’s Wholesale and Networks Managing Director, said: “The pilot has seen participating customers experience broadband speed and throughput of an outstanding quality.
“This marks another significant milestone on the company's journey to transform its network. The revamp of Telkom's access network aims to enable a truly differentiated broadband capability.”
The pilot areas were Benmore Gardens, Fourways and Waterkloof in Gauteng, Durban North in KwaZuluNatal and Durbanville in the Western Cape.
The pilot areas consisted of 53 street distribution cabinet (SDC) sites. The pilot results showed 90 percent of the participants consistently synced at 20Mbps and 74 percent of the 40Mbps.
In order to check whether they are in an area of coverage, users can visit http://www.telkom.co.za/checkadsl/ as of March 4.