We need better access to Telkom’s ducts to roll out fibre – Vodacom

Vodacom has presented its remarks on the Discussion Document on Priority Markets to ICASA at the regulator’s head office in Sandton, Johannesburg on 7 June 2018.

The operator said it supported the exclusion of all retail markets from the list of priority markets, along with the inclusion of fixed wholesale markets.

Vodacom also stressed the importance of access to existing duct and pole infrastructure owned by Telkom for the development of fibre networks in South Africa.

It recommended that ICASA include duct and pole access in the list of priority markets to improve local fibre investment, which it argued would improve both fixed and mobile services.

Mobile operators require access to fibre backhaul to improve service delivery, especially as the high-bandwidth requirements of 5G draw nearer, said Vodacom.

Vodacom added that the low average broadband speeds in South Africa are evidence of under-performance in the fixed market, due to the

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