The ADSL Cut-Off Has Been Extended

Published on: 28 September 2020

The discontinuation of copper-based and DSL services that was originally scheduled for the 1st September has been postponed by 3 months and will now take place on the 1st December 2020.

Openserve, the network infrastructure provider that provides fibre infrastructure to several internet service providers (ISPs) including Telkom and MWEB among others, initially informed its ISP partners of the intended shutdown in June this year. They have since rescheduled in response to ISP’s concerns that their customers would not be able to migrate in time and would be left without internet.

In a recent communication from Openserve to its ISP partners, Openserve stated, “To this end, we have taken a decision to announce a conditional extension to this initiative, to allow for as many users as possible to be migrated over to OFC [optical fibre connection] before the DSL services are discontinued.”

Not only will this allow users more time to move over to either Fibre or LTE internet connections but will also allow more time for fibre infrastructure to be rolled out in additional areas, thereby making fibre internet more accessible to a greater number of customers.

Openserve also advised that they would be prioritising areas where the majority of customers have already moved over to fibre to start decommissioning services.

To see a full list of areas that will be affected by this switch, please see the recent MyBroadband announcement.

As a proud partner of Telkom, Find My Fibre is able to assist you in checking your coverage to see what internet connection is available to you and assist you in moving over before ADSL is turned off. Our knowledgeable fibre agents will be able to put your mind at ease and assist you with any queries or questions, simply request a call back on our website.

Published on: 28 September 2020