The Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Council Africa held its fourth annual general meeting on 12 May 2015 in Kyalami, Gauteng. Board and council members came together to discuss the recent developments in the FTTH and FTTB (fibre to the business) markets.
Council president, Richard Came, began the proceedings by emphasising how the residential market for fibre has grown. However, it became evident throughout the meeting that with this growth comes various challenges in terms of educating communities on what it takes to successfully acquire and install fibre optic cables. According to Jaunita Clark, FTTH CEO, the role of the council is to help facilitate uptake initiatives within sub-Saharan Africa, and to ensure that communities are provided with quality products and are not exploited by operators. The FTTH website now features a portal where communities can request fibre in their area by logging various details such as households in the area, and current technology. This has been met with success but many people have a very limited knowledge of fibre, especially in terms of the time-scale needed to install the cables. The council aims to make sure communities requesting fibre understand the processes and definitions involved in the process.
The council is holding a conference in Rwanda on 21 and 22 October 2015. The FTTH Conference aims to develop fibre optic infrastructure throughout Africa, with honest and intensive dialogue between stakeholders.