Home fibre tender for Parkhurst
The upmarket Johannesburg neighbourhood intends awarding a contract to a service provider to connect all homes and businesses to fibre broadband. Residents of the Johannesburg suburb of Parkhurst have asked for proposals from telecommunications service providers to wire up homes and businesses in the upmarket area to high-speed fibre-optic broadband infrastructure.
Seeking a regulatory nirvana
The field of telecoms affects most aspects of modern life, but when South Africans discuss it, the conversation always turns to price. And so it proved at the recent ITWeb roundtable on telecoms. To open proceedings, IDC analyst Spiwe Chireka raises the point about high costs and asks what, exactly, is the pain-point around pricing that is causing it not to move down fast enough to please local consumers.
The race to fibre
Over the last year fibre deployments across the continent has continued to grow steadily, in spite of many obstacles still experienced by operators. Some counties have been pro-active in deploying fibre, resulting in a widening gap. On the whole, fibre deployments have steadily grown and this is good news, albeit not at the rate that we see deployments around the world. So what is the major obstacles to rapid deployment of infrastructure?
Steyn City Fibre Project
The R6bn Steyn City development will offer fibre to the home to residents on an open-access basis, allowing them to choose a broadband service provider of their choice.
Participation in the global rankings initiative shows a countries willingness to deploy broadband, and in doing so contribute to a countries economic growth and social upliftment. Economies around the globe are more competitive than ever before. Information and money flow more quickly than ever, mass communications and quick dissemination of information through the Internet is commonplace.
FTTH is next natural step
The next step for African mobile operators is to offer customers services such as Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) as they look to alternative revenue streams, an expert has indicated. Chief executive officer of the FTTH Africa Council Juanita Clark has told ITWeb Africa that “it makes absolute sense for operators to offer turn-key services”.