Mobile network giant MTN has revealed an aggressive move which is just weeks away from launching the first high-speed fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections to high-density urban areas, including affluent gated communities and high rise buildings. The FTTH commercial offering is set to be piloted at Monaghan Farm, an eco-friendly, off-the-grid gated estate near Lanseria from 1 June, where 60% of residents have already signed up to the connection.
MTN is not publicly revealing how much a 100Mbps Fibre to the Home (FTTH) connection will cost, other than to say it’s “negotiated on a case-by-case basis” with residents of Monaghan Farm. The old adage “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” almost certainly applies. Source
Pricing is currently only available to residents and is negotiated on a case-by-case basis, dependant on the amount of infrastructure and civil engineering required for each estate. MTN’s FTTH programme will be largely demand-driven, with homeowner associations and members of the public invited to express their interest by contacting the company directly on [email protected] Source
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“We are massively excited by the momentum that our pre-launch has already created. By pioneering the technology in South Africa and indeed Africa for the current set of speeds on offer, we are sealing our position as the provider of choice,” said Eben Albertyn, MTN SA’s chief technology officer in a statement.
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