Head of Neotel’s network implementation, Imran Abbas announced that Neotel will begin constructing a 5000km national fibre optic network with or without MTN.
This comes after Tim Lowry; MTN South Africa’s managing director announced the launch of its metro-wide fibre networks with partner Neotel.
Neotel said it was eager to start constructions, while MTN said that they were still confirming tenders for the construction. Abbas said: “We have wasted enough time already. The contracts are sorted out, and we should start the construction in a month’s time. We are prepared to do it with anyone.
MTN has kept information about its partner and suppliers in the nationwide network a secret. Neote; is anxious strengthen its network capacity to be able to meet the demand that has been created by its recently launched advertising campaign.
Brian Neilson, BMI T research director of Neotel said that with the rate of development of fibre networks, soon individuals will be able to lay their own fibre though community forums.
Neotel is trying to expand its market and hopes to improve the geographical number of portability, which will also allow people to keep their Telkom numbers even if they switch operators.
By IT News Africa Staff reporter