Telkom launches high-speed broadband pilot

sierra sxcBroadband speeds of up to 40mbps will be tested in the pilot in five areas. (Image source: sxc.hu)Telkom South Africa has launched a pilot programme for testing new high-speed broadband offerings

Broadband speeds of up to 40mbps will be tested in the pilot for which Telkom has deployed access network kits in five areas of three South African provinces.

The places where the pilot project will be tested will be Benmore Gardens, Fourways and Waterkloof in Gauteng, Durban North in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Durbanville in the Western Cape.

The project will run for three months and could stretch up until the end of January 2013.

Telkom Group chief executive officer, Nombulelo Moholi, said, “The objective of the pilot will be to test its integration to our BSS/OSS systems and our network management and configuration systems. The pilot will also serve to validate and test new service fulfilment and assurance processes, assess field technical and operational readiness and evaluate the customer experience in a controlled environment.”

Telkom managing director for wholesale and networks, Bashier Sallie said, “The company’s technology gearing is firmly on track. Given the mix of customer broadband needs, a dispersed customer base and vast geography in South Africa, Telkom has chosen FTTx or broadband network as one of the key solutions in its access network revamp.

“We can now start to capitalise on the investments made in underlying transmission and core network over the past few years. We have revamped our aggregation network, which is now able to support super-fast transmission and enable a superior browsing experience,” he explained.

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