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Telkom SA’s access network revamp boosts ADSL speeds

September 20, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms

Telkom SA today announced to all resellers of ADSL services that users are set to benefit from planned speed upgrades at no additional cost.

Casper Kondo Chihaka, Telkom’s Managing Executive of Wholesale Services (image: Telkom)

Casper Kondo Chihaka, Telkom’s Managing Executive of Wholesale Services (Image source: Telkom)

Casper Kondo Chihaka, Telkom’s Managing Executive of Wholesale Services says, “As part of the Company’s extensive Network Transformation Programme, deploying our exchange infrastructure closer to businesses and residential customers – essentially shortening the local loop – means that we are in a position to increase the performance of ADSL lines.  This will provide customers the ability to burst to potentially higher speeds subject to network conditions.”

The Company’s Wholesale division is planning to upgrade its Resell DSL Access offerings as follows: ‘Up to 1 024 kbps will be migrated to ‘Up to 2 048 kbps, ‘Up to 2 048 kbps will be migrated to ‘Up to 4 096 kbps and the ‘Up to 4 096/10 240 kbps will be migrated to  ‘Up to 10 240 kbps. In future, the ‘Up to 4 096/10 240 kbps product offering will be split into two separate offerings i.e. ‘Up to 4 096 kbps and ‘Up to 10 240 kbps.

The migration to higher speeds will take place in a phased approach commencing from 11 November 2013. Owing to a planned network freeze over the December 2013/January 2014 period the upgrade process will be paused and will resume thereafter.

“These speed enhancements will contribute to driving fixed broadband penetration in the South African market as it facilitates the access for ISPs’ customers to rich media content such as video, music and seamless live streaming,” says Chihaka.

“We are confident that this enhanced value in terms of higher speeds and increased performance at the same price will go a long way in meeting the broadband demands of today,” concludes Chihaka.

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