Fibre and wireless broadband service provider Herotel is in the process of constructing 16 fibre networks in Mpumalanga and Limpopo. According to the company, once the networks are complete, more than 50 000 households and businesses will be able to access fibre Internet speeds of up to 200Mbps.
Herotel says it is no stranger to these provinces and has serviced more than 8 500 Internet connections out of its seven local offices for more than 15 years. It points out that fibre networks are already complete in Hoedspruit, Tzaneen, Lydenburg, Groblersdal and Komatipoort, with active projects in, among others, Lephalale, Modimole, Bela-Bela, Louis Trichardt and Barberton, with more projects in the planning phase.
Van Zyl Botha, CEO of Herotel, says: “Herotel is deeply rooted in these provinces. We have been connecting customers on our wireless networks in Limpopo and Mpumalanga since 2005 and are looking forward to adding thousands more through our fibre efforts,” said the CEO of Herotel, Van Zyl Botha.
Nico Lottering, Herotel’s local fibre growth manager added that as someone who grew up in Mpumalanga, it fills him with great pride that the company is bringing fibre Internet to all these great towns. Lottering said that working from home is becoming the norm for most people, and without great Internet people simply cannot survive in the digital economy.
Herotel said it prefers to construct the majority of its fibre above the ground as mid-block networks by planting a single pole in the telecommunications servitude between neighbours. The company says it has learned through experience that underground (digging trenches for fibre cables) in suburbs can cause unforeseen damage to driveways, walls and flower gardens. It is also a slow, expensive process that, because of the costs, ends up in higher monthly subscription fees for residents.
The company believes in building long-term partnerships with the towns where it operates and, in most cases, will open a local office where it will employ technicians and sales staff. The company points out that the northern fibre network will improve access to education, entertainment and open new business opportunities across the provinces.
“As a further bonus to homeowners, it has also been proven that access to fibre increases the value of properties over time. Herotel is very proud to bring fibre Internet to the northern provinces, and to welcome new customers to its fibre family,” it concludes.