Telkom to use fibre rival Frogfoot to carry new streaming

Telkom to use fibre rival Frogfoot to carry new South African streaming service

11 November 2020 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

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South African operator Telkom has signed up with a last-mile fibre operator that is competing with its own subsidiary, Openserve.

The new partner is Frogfoot, which wants to expand into areas not covered by its own broadband infrastructure.

“The partnership will expand our reach into regions where Openserve fibre does not currently exist, meaning that Telkom's competitive offerings will now be available to customers we previously could not reach," said Gugu Mthembu, brand and product segment manager at Telkom.

“However, we will not leave behind our existing customers with services running over copper infrastructure while we have access to the Frogfoot footprint.”

Frogfoot is backed by investor and entrepreneur Abraham van der Merwe (pictured). It started as an internet service provider 20 years ago, focusing on small and medium business. After selling off the original operations it is now developing a fibre footprint.

Telkom said it will rely on Frogfoot’s fibre network to offer its home telecoms services to new customers. It can now provide its high-speed telecom services to populations residing in areas not covered by Openserve.

The expansion coincides with Telkom’s plans to launch a new streaming platform called TelkomOne this month. The service will host a variety of local South African content including music, series and more.