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Here’s how many South African homes have fibre

Fibre is potentially the most critical component of all telecommunications infrastructure in South Africa, and without further deployment the country will not be able to enter the 5G race.

This is according to the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, who was speaking at the FTTX Conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday (8 October).

“According to the FTTX Council, as at the end of June 2019, about 1.5 million end points have been passed, with a total of over 600,000 connections, comprising of over 496,000 homes that are connected and billed, and over 114,000 business premises,” Ndabeni-Abrahams said.

“These are truly impressive numbers; however, we are also alive to the fact that we are still only scratching the tip of the iceberg.

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