In order to provide a faster DSL service to customers, Telkom has been installing specialised hardware in the Telkom Exchange known as MSANs (Multi Services Access Node). Amongst other facilities, this hardware allows for customers to connect to the core network. One of the benefits is having faster DSL connections.
The MSAN units deliver the long-awaited higher speed broadband and fibre to the curb and/or premises.
But this process was not without its share of trouble.
During July 2011, Telkom published a tender (RFP 0328/2011) for the provision of these MSANs (Multi Services Access Node). After the Tender and Procurement process, this was awarded to Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent Technologies on 21 November 2011.
ZTE Mzansi, who were also part of the bidding process, were not impressed that they didn’t even make the shortlist and so they served an application upon Telkom seeking to restrain the Company from implementing the tender in terms of an interim interdict.
According to Telkom, ZTE Mzansi had submitted a bid but was not shortlisted because it failed to meet certain critical technical criteria during the evaluation process.
Today, 18th March 2013, the matter between ZTE Mzansi and Telkom was concluded in favour of Telkom by the Supreme Court of Appeal who set aside the North Gauteng High Court’s interim interdict against the Telkom. The appeal was upheld with costs.
Telkom Group CEO Nombulelo Moholi says: “We had no doubt that Telkom’s Procurement Policy and Procedures would not be found wanting. Telkom is pleased that the deployment of the MSAN and the rollout of the higher speed broadband project has overcome a potential obstacle and can now continue unabated.”
Telkom on 4 March launched DSL up to 20Mbps and DSL up to 40Mpbs options to the market.