If 30 percent of Wynberg residents show their support, we could have superfast fibre internet before the end of the year.
The fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) provider Vumatel has obtained permission from the City to use our suburb’s electricity poles for their network, which will mean faster deployment and no trenching of roads or pavement.
BUT . . . before installation can start, they need at least 30 percent of residents to show their support for the network.
So if you are interested in having superfast internet, here is how to show your interest:
- Go to vumatel.co.za/coverage.
- Enter your address.
- Click on “show my interest”.
That’s all you have to do. At 6.25 pm on 22 June 2017, 796 names were still needed to get to the all-important 30 percent.
Which streets will be included?
A fibre network already exists in the far northern and western parts of Wynberg. The area between the blue lines on the map below shows from where the 30 percent support is needed.
- It is more than 10 times faster than conventional broadband, which most homes currently have (ADSL lines).
- It allows large files to be transferred at lightning speed, which means you can do more on the internet and you can do it faster – such as downloading games and HD movies, working or studying from home, playing online games or strreaming, etc.
- Several computers in one household can also be online at the same time without slowing each other down.
- With faster connections, you can track and control many more aspects of your life online. For instance, eventually you should be able to do smart metering: measuring your water and electricity use and remotely control devices, lights and appliances in your home.
- Its availability will increase the value of your home.
What will it cost?
You will not pay for the actual installation of the fibre network by Vumatel.
After the network has been installed, you will have to contact your own internet service provider (eg MWeb) to link your home to the network.
There is a once-off installation fee from the network into your home of R1 710. However, this cost is covered by some providers.
The initial and monthly cost will therefore vary from household to household, depending on your provider. To see what your bill will be, go to https://shop.vumatel.co.za/.
Installing fibre can save you money, as you’ll have one connectivity option, which you can use for all of your internet, voice communication, streaming and entertainment needs.
If you currently only have a landline because of ADSL, you will also be able to save that R199 because it is not needed.
Case study: expected costs
Joan’s service provider is MWeb. They will cover the full cost of linking her to the Vumatel fibre network. They will also provide a free router. So linking up to the faster system will cost her nothing.
She currently pays MWeb R899 per month for uncapped ADSL. But they will charge her only R799 per month for uncapped FTTH, as long as she promises to remain their client for two years. In return, she will receive upload speeds of 2 Mbps and download speeds of 20 Mbps.
What’s more, she will not need her landline anymore because she has discarded her ADSL and is making all her telephone calls via WhatsApp and Messenger. So that’s another monthly saving of R199.
All in all, a good deal: a saving of almost R300 per month while enjoying faster and more efficient internet.
Several Wynberg residents have been communicating and meeting with FTTH providers over the past year and Vumatel has been the most proactive in responding to our enquiries. Also, if the target of 30 percent can be reached in time, Vumatel is in a position to provide FTTH before other providers.
Please note that no member of the WRRA nor any of the other organisations or residents involved in facilitating the process, will receive any personal benefit should Vumatel eventually provide the network. We are acting on behalf of the Wynberg community, which has been clamouring for FTTH on our social media platforms.
Show your interest: vumatel.co.za/coverage.
Calculate the financial implications for your household: https://shop.vumatel.co.za/