Vodacom has partnered with network infrastructure service providers – including Dark Fibre Africa, Fibrehoods, Vumatel, Century City Connect and Openserve – to provide fibre products.
The partnership will provide Vodacom access to pre-deployed fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks, inclusive of access build and active equipment, which rapidly increases time to market.
According to Louisa van Beek, managing executive for Fibre-To-The-X at Vodacom, earlier this year Vodacom stated its intention to pass one million broadband fibre end-points within the next four years.
“In order to accelerate access to fibre services for our customers, we have partnered with third-party FTTH infrastructure providers for access to ready-built FTTH networks.”
Vodacom now passes over 25 000 homes with its own fibre infrastructure, and the telco says, to date, it has invested R500 million in urban infrastructure.
“The roll-out of fibre remains a critical part of Vodacom’s growth strategy. We anticipate significant growth in this area, and besides investing significantly in our own infrastructure, we will also continue to sign up additional third-party network infrastructure providers,” says Van Beek.
Vodacom Fibre is currently available on Fibre Africa, Openserve, Vumatel, Fibrehoods, and soon will be added to the Century City Connect open access network, providing ultra-fast Internet access.