Durbanites will soon be able to make use of fibre internet provided by service provider, Vumatel, after the company acquired a smaller FTTH company based in the coastal city.

Vumatel today announced its first venture into KwaZulu-Natal having successfully bought Estate Connexions (ECX).

ECX builds high-speed open access fibre-optic networks. Similar to Vumatel, the company installs the infrastructure and allows internet service providers (ISPs) to compete freely over the open access infrastructure to provide internet services to the customer.

“The acquisition allows Vuma to develop a footprint in Kwa-Zulu Natal and contributes towards our vision of building a connected South Africa,” said Niel Schoeman, CEO of Vumatel.

Vumatel and ECX have aligned operations and are fully integrated. Vumatel cautioned that initially service providers may offer regional deals, so one may not necessarily find the same packages in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

“The investment by Vumatel is a vote of confidence in what ECX has achieved to date. We are excited to bring Vuma to Durban and continue to provide Kwa-Zulu Natal with high speed open access fibre,” said Arthur Beavon, CEO of ECX.

You can find out where in Durban Vumatel is available on this coverage map.