Vodacom, South Africa’s biggest mobile phone operator, has connected 30 300 homes and businesses to its fibre-to-the-home network as of 30 September 2016. By Gugu Lourie

The telco, which is owned by British mobile phone giant Vodafone, said on Monday in the six months to end-September 2016 its fibre-to-the-home-and-business.

“We are making good progress on our fibre deployment by entering into strategic wholesale agreement to sell services through other network providers,” Shameel Joosub, Vodacom’s CEO, said in a statement.

“We have concluded a number of wholesale agreements for Fibre to the premise, which will give access to a number of additional end points and assist in driving this business forward.”

Fibre-to-the-home currently allows for download speeds of up to 100Mbps, allowing users to download a standard definition 4.7GB video in under seven minutes.

An entire music album can be downloaded in eight seconds.

Fibre optic cables transmit light and is thus not affected by interference from electromagnetic noise such as radios, motors, power lines, electric fences or other cables.

Consequently, fibre is a reliable and stable broadband product.



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