Joburg's R1.2bn broadband 'white elephant'
The controversial Johannesburg Broadband Network Project (JBNP), which the city council last week voted to insource, has been written off by industry observers as a "white elephant" and a project "that should never have happened". In addition, it is not known when the network will actually go live and when Johannesburg residents will benefit from the infrastructure – if at all – while questions have been asked about the amount the city is spending to take over the network assets.
Rural FTTH no pipe dream
While fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and high-speed, reliable Internet may appear to be nothing more than a pipe dream for South African communities that are not part of the country's financial elite, considerable potential – and possibilities – for rural benefit do exist.
This is the good news from industry observers, and comes amid the burgeoning hype around FTTH as more and more local communities – at least eight as it stands – are investing time and energy in deployment.
Buffering could be a thing of the past
The village of Parkhurst has gotten quite a bit of attention from other suburbs in the country and as well as telecommunications companies after it announced its plans to roll out fibre to its residents.
Parkhurst’s fibre pioneer, Ryan Hawthorne, a 34-year-old economist, has been the driving force in making this become a reality.
FTTH Council introduces advisory groups
The fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) Council Africa has put a number of advisory committees in place, today announcing the chairs and vice-chairs of each.
The organisation says the committees provide a platform for the industry to meet and debate issues of relevance. "The advisory committees bring together the expertise of the council's members to discuss, debate and find solutions to industry problems. They will also enable the council to provide individual members with content and information in areas they are interested in."
Steyn City reveals its FTTH plans
Steyn City is a visionary mixed-use lifestyle development currently underway along the Jukskei River in Johannesburg, between William Nicol Drive (R511) and Cedar Road. On completion it will comprise residential, commercial, retail and leisure components, an 18-hole Nicklaus Design championship golf course, all set within 1 000 acres of woodland. Future residents will also benefit from the latest in Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) Steyn City will provide the future in smart homes through an interactive IPTV middleware that opens up direct portal on homeowners’ TV sets
Craighall Park readies for FTTH
As demand for data increases amid ADSL challenges, residents in some of Johannesburg's northern suburbs are leading efforts to enable better connectivity.
The CraigPark Residents Association (CRA) – based in Craighall Park – will offer residents fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity as part of a security initiative similar to one announced by its Parkhurst counterpart last week.