Can we FTTX it?
Cheap, plentiful access to fibre broadband has transformed how some live and work in South Africa. It's time to take stock and ask, what's next?
31 March 2020
It’s fast, it’s cost-effective and, as long as you have a back-up power supply for your router, it almost always works during loadshedding. Since the fibre revolution took hold of South Africa just a few short years ago, it has become the de facto choice for home and business fixed-line broadband.
The days of dodgy ADSL connections that failed in a storm are almost behind us, thanks to a swift national deployment of fibre infrastructure by first the private sector and then Telkom. Businesses no longer grind to a halt when copper wires are stolen; families are switching off premium satellite services in favour of streaming TV.
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