http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.63Change: -0.18
R/$ = 12.01Change: 0.05
Au 1192.35 $/ozChange: -1.58
Pt 1143.50 $/ozChange: -5.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Sep 07, 2007

MTN may spend R1,3bn on 5 000-km optical-fibre network

Back
MTN MD Tim Lowry discusses MTN's fixed-line roll-out (07/09/2007)
 
 
 
Africa|Building|Copper|Environment|PROJECT|Africa|Equipment|Product|Products|Service|Services|Solutions|Cables
Africa|Building|Copper|Environment|PROJECT|Africa|Equipment|Products|Service|Services|Solutions|Cables
africa-company|building|copper|environment|project|africa|equipment|product|products|service|services|solutions|cables
© Reuse this Mobile operator MTN has started the process to rollout some 5 000 km of optical fibre network nationwide over the next two years, the company said at a presentation in Sandton on Friday.

MD Tim Lowry called the initiative "a massive self-provision investment" that would involve an estimated R1,2-billion to R1,3-billion, depending on possible joint ventures or partnerships that are likely to be entered into during the course of the project.

Possible partners included new entrant Neotel and the country's biggest cellular operator Vodacom, which has also said that it plans to build a fixed-line network.

Lowry said that MTN would want to reduce the level of capital expenditure through partnerships.

MTN announced in June that it was considering entering the fixed-line business in South Africa, to keep up with the growth in data traffic and cut one of the company's biggest operational costs.

MTN said that it had designed and mapped out its own national backbone network, and was in the process of going out to tender to identify relevant suppliers and obtain final costings for the laying of the 5 000-km network.

The tender process is expected to be finalised by the end of the year.

MTN has already undertaken a pilot project with fibre optic cables being laid between Sandton, Illovo and Rosebank. Lowry noted that the project "was largely deployed" at present. Companies such as SABMiller and the JSE have been involved in the project.

The first phase has involved a capital expenditure of about R8-million for the fibre and about R2-million for the equipment, Lowry noted.

He explained that the area in which the pilot project has been carried out was home to a number of financial services companies and large blue-chip organisations, and that MTN's product offerings were well-suited to these firms.

MTN will initially launch three products; an Ethernet MPLS, an Ethernet private line service and a multitenant connect service. Future developments by the end of the year may include an Ethernet e-local area network, a dual connect, a full redundant connect, and a multitenant connect service that would use a building's existing copper cabling for reticulation.

Lowry said that MTN was trying to build an environment where a company could have a centralised server and centralised applications and could run the entire business nationwide from the one location.

MTN Business head of network solutions Mike Brierley explained that the usual lead times attached to fibre optics networks was about 12 months,but that MTN could roll out the service in between six and 12 weeks.

He added that bandwidth was flexible and could also be easily and quickly upgraded, where required.

Edited by: Liezel Hill
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Latest News
City of Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Parks Tau
Updated 5 hours ago A total of 200 000 Johannesburg youths will be given opportunities to either further their education or get job opportunities by 2016, the city's Mayor Mpho Parks Tau said on Wednesday. "The Vulindlel' eJozi programme will enable them to enter work, education and...
Updated 5 hours ago The Department of Public Works (DPW) on Wednesday said it was “moving seamlessly” into the second phase of its turnaround strategy, following the successful implementation of the first phase. “In the first phase, we stabilised the department leading to improved lease...
Minister Rob Davies
Updated 5 hours ago The Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) on Tuesday said 80% of the broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice had been implemented on May 1. In a statement, the DTI said it wanted to “set the record straight” regarding the...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Mercedes-Benz will launch ten plug-in hybrid models by 2017, says the German automaker’s parent company, Daimler. Following the launch of the S 500 plug-in hybrid, March saw the introduction of the C 350 e, the second model to feature the drive-train concept. Under...
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson's recent unveiling of something of a road map for an upscaled and accelerated deployment of independent power producer (IPP) capacity has been widely welcomed. Besides plans to accelerate and expand the hitherto successful...
South African Airways (SAA) acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout has firmly denied reports that a stake in the airline was going to be sold to Air China. “Categorically, SAA is not in any talks with any airline to sell itself at the moment,” he stated at a media briefing at...
Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has confirmed that it is in talks with Nigeria about the construction of nuclear power plants (NPPs) in that country, but has denied that any agreement has been signed. This follows a recent report in the Nigerian media that...
HANDIGAS LPG LPG users can order products at the Afrox website or through the Afrox call centre and receive next-day delivery
Gas products and services company Afrox has launched a pilot programme to deliver its range of Handigas liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to domestic consumers to fill a gap in the market, thereby expanding its direct contact with end-users.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96