In response to a statement sent to the media by The Internet Service Provider’s Association (ISPA) in which the body called upon Telkom SA to allow ISPs other than Telkom Internet to participate in the high-speed broadband pilot, Telkom SA noted the call but stated that it had not been engaged by the ISPA prior to the release of this statement.
In response to the call by the ISPA, Telkom SA’s Managing Director of Wholesale and Networks, Bashier Sallie, said:
“As communicated in a press release on 2 September 2012, Telkom has commenced the high-speed broadband pilot which will run until 31 January 2013. This initiative has been widely welcomed by the general public and industry. Should the pilot prove successful, the new wholesale DSL offerings will be commercially available to all Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Telkom Internet will be given notice of the availability and technical and commercial specifications of such a wholesale product at the same time as all the Other Licenced Operators (OLOs).”
Sallie continued that Telkom has historically conducted ‘proof-of-concepts’ and product trials such as CHIPAC with individual ISPs (in the case of CHIPAC, the ISP was not Telkom Internet).
“This is to ensure expedient testing of new network technology or services in a controlled environment. The ISPA press release correctly mentions that Telkom wants to balance inclusion against our desired outcomes. We believe the industry will prefer a trial that is successfully conducted in the shortest possible time. Given the fact that this is new technology for Telkom and the size of the high-speed broadband footprint spans 16000 ports across four regions, this balance is crucial. We also need to test the integration to our IT BSS/OSS systems and into our network management and configuration systems. The pilot will also serve to validate and test service fulfillment and assurance processes, assess field technical and operational readiness and evaluate the customer experience at a set service configuration,” he added.