MTN rolls out AirFibre in South Africa

MTN South Africa has announced the launch of its first commercial installation of Supersonic AirFibre starting May 2021. The first commercial rollout will commence in Soweto, Mamelodi, Fairlands and Honeydew.

Calvin Collett, managing director of MTN SA’s ISP: Supersonic said that” AirFibre serves as an alternative to the labour-intensive rollout of cabled fibre, by using MTN’s existing reception network”.

This is built as a premium uncapped technology that ranges from 5Mbps to 100Mbps, which allows users access to the internet as a full-fibre experience.

“The unfortunate reality is that while virtually all urban areas in the world are covered by a mobile broadband network, worrying gaps in connectivity and internet access persist outside of the cities and in rural areas,” said Collett.

Only 19% of the rural population is covered by only a 2G network, yet globally, about 72% of households in urban areas have access to the internet at home, almost twice as much as in rural areas (38%).