Many of our number here at htxt.africa (i.e not Nick Cowen) are still patiently waiting for fibre internet but news from Telkom today may put those aspirations on the back burner.

Telkom group chief executive officer Sipho Maseko announced today that Openserve is introducing G.fast technology to its network.

This technology allows Openserve to offer DSL speeds of up to 100Mbps even though the customer is still using an “old school” copper line.

“G.fast helps us overcome the hesitation that many Home Owners Associations and Body Corporates of multiple-dwelling complexes have with granting permissions to upgrade infrastructure on their properties,” Openserve CEO Alphonzo Samuels.

“We’ve now have found a way to better make use of infrastructure that is already in place thus reducing any disruption or possible harm to the aesthetics of the estate,” added the CEO.

What do you need to know?

Sadly, not everybody will be able to access 100Mbps as Openserve will only be able to deliver these speeds in areas where it has existing fibre infrastructure.

If you happen to be in one of these areas Openserve will then install a fibre access point in a basement, gatehouse or where the existing distribution point is.

From there it’s business as usual for the customer and yes, you can still use which ever ISP you prefer.

Openserve will notify clients that G.fast is available in their area when the technology becomes available to them.