Virtual panel discussion: Fibre to the home
Fibre to the Home (FTTH) is slowly taking off in South Africa. There are however as many questions from the sceptics as from the “believers” – perhaps somewhere in the middle there are the realists?
We asked a number players in the industry to share their ideas on a number of questions with us.
AGM focuses on fibre optic development
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.
Is fibre-to-the-home for the elite only?
Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) is currently a serious discussion point in many sectors of the communications industry in South Africa. We all know that it is costly, particularly for a widespread population.
Ultimately the kind of broadband that we all aspire to can largely only be provided by fibre. So the first question I asked in our virtual panel was: Is fibre to the home a practical approach for providing high speed broadband to the majority of South Africans?
SA's Long Road to Smart Cities
Bureaucracy, a lack of public-private union and a skills deficiency are holding back SA from realising smart city objectives.
However, a bit of political will and a commitment to infrastructure investment – coupled with a long-term urban plan – could get the country there sooner than later.
Home Fibre 'Land Grab' Price War
Although SA's fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) market is in a fledgling phase, it looks set to follow in the footsteps of the country's 20-year-old mobile industry, with a price war, as new and existing players vie for a piece of the high-speed connectivity pie.
This comes as yet another player in the market, Bulgarian-based 123NET, plans to aggressively expand in SA. Industry observers say SA is in the midst of an FTTH "land grab" – a scenario that is likely to result in both consolidation and significantly lower fibre prices within the next few years.
Africa Connectivity Survey Launched
With over 90 000km of fibre to the home and business deployed in African cities, the question now is: "Which cities and suburbs are taking the lead in building access networks?" In an attempt to answer this question, FTTH Council Africa − in collaboration with Africa Bandwidth Maps – is undertaking research to determine network reach and identify Africa's most connected cities.