Residents of a luxury gated community in Gauteng will be the first broadband customers in Africa to be eligible for 100Mbps fibre connections right the way to their front door, when mobile operator MTN kicks off the commercial trial of its superfast service in May.

The exclusive estate, Monaghan Farm, is sited near Lanseria airport in northern Joburg. The 300 homes, set in 1 280 acres of land, are described by developers as “Farm living at the urban edge”. That’s farm living with fewer cow pats and faster broadband than those of you who actually live on farms, natch.

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.

According to the press release, over 60% of households on the development have applied for the service, which will be made available commercially to other “high-end gated communities, boomed-off suburbs and high-rise buildings” as of 1st June. MTN says that during testing at Monaghan it hit download speeds of 150.2Mbps.

Future deployments will be “largely demand driven, with homeowner associations and members of the public invited to express their interest by contacting the company directly.” The firm says it’s targetting other high-end gated communities, boomed-off suburbs and high-rise buildings in “high-density urban areas”.

We imagine Monaghan’s neighbours in broadband-starved Diepsloot will be clubbing together for a connection as we write.

[Image – Monagham Farm, from the estate website]
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