MTN Opens up Fibre Network

MTN South Africa said that it is opening up its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) access network to other Internet service providers (ISPs) from 1 September, while MTN Business will accept wholesale fibre orders via an automated portal.
From September, independent ISPs will be able to provide value-added services to customers via MTN’s wholesale broadband fibre connection division.
“Open access networks remain one of the critical pillars of our converged strategy. We believe open access networks will give customers the flexibility to utilise the service provider of their choice within our fibre footprint,” said John Lewis, chief officer for managed network services at MTN.
“This will also stimulate competition among service providers, lower the costs for subscribers, and reduce barriers of entry to new service providers entering the market,” he added.
ISPs that sign a wholesale service agreement with MTN will be able to lease a fibre broadband connection from the optical network terminal within the home, linking to a network-to-network interface, established with MTN in any Teraco data centre.
The ISPs will then provide the fibre connectivity, Internet and other value-added services to their customers via MTN’s wholesale broadband fibre connection.
As from 1 September, MTN Business will be ready to accept wholesale fibre orders via an automated portal.
MTN said it has significantly increased its FTTH footprint following its acquisition of Smart Village. The Smart Village fibre footprint will also be made available on the same open access terms and conditions, once the access network upgrade and the integration into MTN’s core network has been completed.

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