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Integrated ICT and infrastructure provider Vox has partnered with LinkAfrica, one of South Africa’s fastest-growing fibre network operators, to deliver high-speed and affordable fibre connectivity solutions to consumer and business users in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Gauteng.

“LinkAfrica provides Vox with an ideal platform to strengthen its presence in KZN and build on its existing market in Gauteng. For us, it is about reaching new customers that have yet to experience the benefits of fibre. During this time where the focus is on effectively working from home, this partnership will introduce more people to the reliability of fibre that has become a critical enabler to access today’s digitally-driven services,” says Claire Williamson, Senior Product Manager – FTTH at Vox.

People in KZN now have access to affordable fibre solutions that can deliver value to both the business experience and home connectivity.

As part of its initial wave, LinkAfrica has identified 80 000 homes in KZN and Gauteng for a fibre rollout. Of those, 60% are in KZN, providing massive opportunities for both organisations to reach a previously untapped market. The strong reputation of Vox as a high-quality service provider enables us to more aggressively target these potential customers.

With go-to-market pricing starting at R599 for a 10/10 symmetrical line, the partnership sees the availability of one of the most cost-effective fibre packages in the KZN area. Additionally, Vox has an established sales and support team in place in the province to deliver a high-quality customer experience.

“What differentiates Vox is that the company is that it delivers a range of value-added solutions designed to benefit both the home and business market segments. This includes providing laptop rentals (ideal for work from home), Microsoft 365 seats, WiFi extenders, and UPS backup solutions, to name just a few. Vox is focused on providing customers with intelligent solutions that connect them as cost-effectively as possible while not compromising on quality,” says Williamson.

The strong Vox brand coupled with its extensive on the ground support in KZN and Gauteng made the company the logical choice for LinkAfrica to partner with.

LinkAfrica has steadily been growing its network and is currently sitting with 29 ISPs and all the major mobile network operators. Over the past six months, the business has been growing at approximately 400 connections a month. There are also massive opportunities to be had in the informal settlements of KZN to help them bridge the digital connectivity divide.

“Link Africa owns and operates a nation-wide open-access fibre-optic network in the major regions across South Africa. The ISPs use the LinkAfrica network to provide business and residential services to their customers in these regions. We’re delighted to have Vox as our newest partner providing business and residential end-user ICT services. We’re proud to be associated with the Vox brand, which is nationally recognised and superbly serviced through Vox’s direct and indirect channels,” says Craig Carthy, CEO of LinkAfrica.

LinkAfrica has also recently acquired 400 nodes across the country to further build on its fibre to the business (FTTB) value proposition.

“Our KZN team is excited by the potential of the consumer and business markets and the opportunity to position the company for strong growth. And while the additional nodes mean we can build on the FTTB market segment, it also enables both ourselves and LinkAfrica to introduce fibre to complexes as well. This partnership will truly bring a massive change to fibre in those areas especially as ADSL is reaching the end of life,” concludes Williamson.