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Herotel makes aggressive fibre play in Limpopo, Mpumalanga

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Van Zyl Botha, CEO of Herotel.
Van Zyl Botha, CEO of Herotel.

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.”

Nico Lottering, Herotel’s local fibre growth manager, adds: “As someone who grew up in Mpumalanga, it fills me with great pride that we are bringing fibre Internet to all these great towns. Working from home is becoming the norm for most people, and without great Internet you simply cannot survive in the digital economy.”

Herotel says 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.

Herotel 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 province.

“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.

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