Huawei, Vuma partnership future-proofs SA connectivity

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JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – VUMA, the leading South African Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) provider, is set to offer households faster, higher capacity, and more stable connectivity following a partnership with Huawei.

This collaboration will enable Vuma to meet the growing consumer demand for better internet services.

Vuma has recently announced the integration of next-generation fibre technology and innovation into the South African market through its latest partnership with Huawei, which was unveiled at the recent Eco-Connect sub-Saharan Africa event in 2023.

The partnership brings forth the launch of 50G PON (passive optical network) capabilities, which is significantly higher than the existing 2.5Gbps capabilities currently in use.

After a successful testing phase, the deployment of this first-to-market technology will provide considerably higher upload and download fibre broadband speeds to Vuma customers across the provider’s FTTH network.

As a next-generation PON technology defined by ITU-T, the 50G PON effectively supports 10Gbps everywhere. It offers high-density symmetrical 50G PON to meet the increasing bandwidth requirements for future campus, industrial interconnection, enterprise, and home scenarios.

“Vuma’s investment in the testing and rollout of the new Huawei PON technology is future-proofing our network, allowing us to enable much more capacity over the last mile fibre and increase speeds as our customers require – approximately 20 times faster than the current capabilities deployed,” said Francois Swart, Chief Technology Officer at Vuma.

During the launch event, Richard Jin, President of Huawei Optical Business Product Line, outlined Huawei’s vision for Sub-Saharan Africa, assuring high-speed connectivity that will be more accessible to the region.

“Fibre broadband will significantly promote innovation and employment for the country,” Jin said.

“However, the penetration rate of FBB (fixed broadband) in most of the African countries is much lower than the global average. This is both a challenge and an opportunity,” Jin added.

Kim Jin, Vice President of Huawei Optical Business Product Line, also spoke at the launch.

“We’ve launched the best technology currently available in the African market with our top customer, Vuma, which speaks volumes about the values of innovation and empowerment through connectivity that Huawei and Vuma share,” he said.

“Through this partnership, our goal, much like Vuma’s, is to support increased connectivity access to all South Africans and to bridge the gap in access to high-quality digital services,” Kim Jin concluded.

As of early 2023, Vuma was serving over 1.6 million homes.

– CAJ News

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