Ultra-fast internet for 'high-value suburbs'

MTN has announced that it plans on connecting almost a 1000 homes in “high value suburbs” to an ultra-fast internet network before the end of the year. 

Fresnaye and Bakoven are the latest suburbs which will become part of the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, after which MTN says was a successful deployment in suburbs around Johannesburg.

According the South Africa’s second largest mobile network, MTN, the expect to connect 561 homes in Fresnaye and 373 homes in Bakoven by the end of the year.

Residents of these areas will be able to enjoy speeds of up to  100Mbps - this will make streaming high-definition videos and online gaming a breeze.

Alpheus Mangele, Chief Enterprise Officer for MTN Business SA said the expansion of the fibre network to Fresnaye and Bakoven was in line with MTN's strategy of deploying high performance networks to its customers who are well-travelled and who have experienced firsthand the benefits of high performance networks.

This has not been the sentiment from many users in Johannesburg, who wondered why only the wealthy suburbs were given preference to fast internet connections.

However, Claude Chetty, general manager for the SME segment of MTN Business was confident that the fibre network would be a success.

Market research had not shown cost to be a deterring factor, he said, adding that "the actual deployment and roll-out of the technology in Johannesburg has been very well received".

"We believe that consumers of our fibre technology are interested in network quality and speed," he said.

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