Link Africa: The Era of ADSL Comes To An End

As the era of ADSL slowly comes to an end, Link Africa provides an alternative.

Telkom has recently announced that they will be discontinuing its ADSL service and encouraging subscribers to migrate from copper-based services to newer infrastructure such as Fibre and LTE.

“We are hoping that in the next five years we would have exited copper entirely,” said Telkom CEO, Sipho Maseko.

Due to Telkom’s overall strategic objective to decommission and replace existing legacy copper technology, Telkom has now begun the process of migrating postpaid customers to fibre and LTE – newer technologies that are more dependable and less vulnerable to interruptions: unpredictable weather conditions, faults, maintenance challenges and the most common cause of failures – cable theft. 

While Telkom aims for minimal interruption during the disbandment phase, SMMEs (Small Medium Micro Enterprises) have come face-to-face with a ‘digital dark age’ as, due to its lower price-point, ADSL catered directly to their requirements. However, Link Africa has recently responded with the solution for SMMEs on Link Africa’s fibre network. 

On 1 October 2019 Link Africa launched its new broadband fibre product to ISPs (Internet Service Providers). This SMME focused product will provide FTTB (Fibre-To-The-Business) ISPs  with an opportunity to offer their end-users an alternative to ADSL at comparable prices.

As a first in the market, Link Africa will proactively meet the needs of the colossal demand for a fixed-line ADSL replacement. Due to Link Africa’s country wide fibre footprint, this new offering will be available within all existing areas of the network coverage; therefore providing SMMEs within defined business parks, industrial areas and shopping centres with the option to replace ADSL with fibre from as little as R500 – R1000 per month depending on the ISP and the line-speed.

Thanks to these recent advancements, Link Africa, and ISPs providing services over Link Africa’s infrastructure simultaneously contribute to a broader digital economy; offering broadband services to all, which is a long awaited desire and equally, a modern-day requirement. 

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