The Vumatel Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) network expansion continues unabated with news that residents of Victory Park, Linden, Bryanston South and Blairgowrie have unanimously endorsed the company to provide fibre services to their suburbs. Residents can expect trenching operations to commence in the final quarter of the year.
The newly announced suburbs join a growing list of “fibrehoods” in the Johannesburg area. Already benefiting from FTTH are the suburbs of Parkhurst, Greenside and Parktown North. Joining these VUMA enabled suburbs within a few months are Killarney, Riviera, Saxonwold and Parkwood, where construction is planned to commence during July 2015.
Niel Schoeman, CEO of Vumatel, says: “Together with the newly announced suburbs, this brings the tally to eleven confirmed ‘fibrehoods’ within the relatively short time since announcing the Parkhurst endorsement in July 2014.
Work from home entrepreneurs and SME’s in particular in connected suburbs have seen their productivity increase substantially while families are celebrating the new-found speeds that make music streaming, video on demand (VOD), online video sites and more a world class experience.
The FTTH rollout in South Africa has been met with great interest from not only residents and business, but technology commentators too.
“With Vumatel expanding its reach from one suburb to the next, to cover an ever-increasing expanse of suburban Johannesburg, we are seeing nothing less than the emergence of an alternative communications network in the city,” says technology commentator and Victory Park resident Arthur Goldstuck.
The open-access VUMA FTTH network offers real consumer choice through the provision of not only competitively priced services, but choice of service providers too. Within the context of a 24-month contract driven environment, the ability to sign up on a month-to-month basis is a highly desirable benefit offered to potential consumers.
“The expanse of both our installed and planned network clearly reflects the demand for world class broadband connectivity. We see an increasing number of suburbs pledging their support for VUMA, and we look forward to bringing the benefits of fibre not only to the newly announced suburbs, but to all those that will be joining us on our journey in the near future,” concludes Schoeman.
Over 40 suburbs are in a race against each other to become the next VUMA ‘fibrehood’. Consumers are encouraged to pledge their support on VUMA’s website at www.vumatel.co.za by simply checking their address to ensure it falls within one of the planned suburbs identified as a possible future ‘fibrehood’.