MTN has expanded its fibre to the home (FTTH) footprint to the Western Cape, and trenching has already commenced in the picturesque suburbs of Fresnaye and Bakoven as the operator prepares to connect approximately 1 000 homes with this high speed network before the end of the year. By Staff Writer
The rollout of this high speed fibre network by MTN to the residents of Fresnaye and Bakoven follows a successful deployment of FTTH to a number of suburbs around Johannesburg including at the eco-estate of Monaghan Farm, Lonehill, Parkmore and surrounding suburbs.
MTN has already commenced the civil works in preparation for the rollout of an open access network.
MTN expects to connect about 561 homes in Fresnaye and 373 homes in Bakoven with FTTH before the end of the year. The project start date commenced on June 18 and July 1 for both Bakoven and Fresnaye respectively.
This high speed network which is capable of delivering speeds of up to 100 Mbps will provide residents of Fresnaye and Bakoven with multiple benefits including the ability to stream high-definition videos and music, play online games, stream movies using a superfast network.
Alpheus Mangale, Chief Enterprise Officer for MTN Business SA, says the expansion of the fibre network to Fresnaye and Bakoven is in line with MTN’s strategy of deploying high performance networks to its customers and offering subscribers with a distinct customer experience.
“The availability of a world-class network has been the missing piece of the puzzle in this area, an absent link that will now catapult this neighbourhood to a new level and transform it into a digital hub. We are excited to bring this ultra-fast network to the residents of Fresnaye and Bakoven. Many of the residents here are well-travelled people who have experienced first-hand the benefits of high performance networks. FTTH will greatly improve the neighbourhood appeal as it will transform it into a digital hub where security is significantly enhanced through the integration of CCTVs and the added functionality of home automation and remote surveillance,” says Mangale.
MTN will roll out an open access network which it will provide at its own cost and will maintain during its lifespan. MTN will also set up a dedicated 24-hour FTTH centre to provide support services to its customers.
“This open access network provides customers with a flexible platform that will allow any independent internet service provider (ISP) with a valid electronic communications services licence, and which has signed an agreement with MTN, to integrate the services they provide to end-users. This, in turn, will enable a range of service providers to provide their customers with connectivity services via the MTN network,” Mangale adds.