MTN upgrades KZN fibre network
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – MTN is investing about R1,2 billion to upgrade its network in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
The upgrade includes the deployment of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in La Lucia, a suburb.
The deployment of this high speed fibre network in La Lucia marks MTN’s first deployment of FTTH in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal and an extension of MTN’s FTTH footprint outside of Gauteng and Western Cape.
Some 3 kilometres of trenching has already been completed. Total trenching distance is 21 kilometres.
About 439 homes will be connected to this high speed fibre network, and the first home will be connected before the end of October when the project reaches its completion date.
Alpheus Mangale, MTN Business SA Chief Enterprise Officer, said MTN’s deployment of a fibre network in La Lucia marks an important milestone in their FTTH ambitions as it reaffirmed their commitment to becoming a key player in this arena.
“Equally important, it allows us to give the residents of La Lucia a high performing network that will bring them into the digital age and offer them a distinct customer experience,” said Mangale.
In the last six months, MTN has significantly expanded its LTE network in Kwa-Zulu Natal in line with the rapid adoption of smart devices such as smartphones and tablets.
In the period under review, MTN approximately 700 LTE sites in the province, and rollout has been ramped up in the second half of the year to cater to the demand for this new generation network in the province.
Meanwhile, the rollout of FTTH in La Lucia has been received concerns from some residents over damages caused on their properties during the construction phase.
“MTN is working tirelessly to resolve all outstanding issues to the satisfaction of all concerned. The contractor has assured MTN that all action will be taken to resolve any outstanding issues as soon as
possible,” said Mangale.
– CAJ News
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