FTTH & the Community

In the past South Africa only had one company that could provide it with telecommunication services.Today the telecommunications industry looks very different. There are many telecommunications operators and service providers to choose from, and many companies can offer you a next generation broadband network. These broadband networks offer ultrahigh- speed - 1Gbps and above - to homes, offices and premises around your community. That’s at least 100 times faster than what some of our current home internet connections are capable of!

With such a network in place you will be able to enjoy a richer broadband experience with more choices,   and everyone appreciates speed in getting things done. Think about standing in long queues at the bank or post office - this is the same for your online experience. You may have encountered long waiting times when downloading or sending files, jerky videos when watching online or even poor responsiveness when playing online games. Because files are also getting larger, the need for more information or higher video resolutions increases rapidly over time. Low speed internet gives you a poor online experience and limits what you can do. With optical fibre that is a thing of the past.

Online education is one of the fastest growing industries because it saves so much money. No travelling or accommodation is required yet students can engage with the best lecturers around the world. This saves parents thousands of rands every year. Today, most universities offer online education (e-education) and students can study at any university anywhere in the world. Materials can be accessed 24hours a day which provides students with flexibility. And if a student wants to work during the day, he can study at night, from the comfort of his home. Students can still chat to their instructors through online-chat and they can still ask all the questions they need as if they were in a class-room.

High speed broadband allows people to stay connected to the global economy no matter where they live. An international study showed that as much as 45% of households would consider relocating to obtain broadband service (and 11% would “definitely” relocate) simply because of the benefits of broadband. The future possibilities of fibre are endless and for people working from home FTTH is a must-have.

Many people want to work from home, but to remain competitive and productive; you need fast and reliable internet access. There is a difference between ‘work from home’ and ‘remote workers’. Work from home is typically people who have their own business and run it from home. Remote workers usually work for a company but because they have a good internet connection, they are allowed to work from home. This is a growing trend with companies, even if it is just for a couple of days a week. In addition, broadband fosters a more attractive environment for new businesses to open or relocate to in the community – as networked workers enjoy a better lifestyle and are usually better educated.

As more and more “social added-value” services are offered online (business services, social, health, and education services, and government services) it becomes increasingly important to ensure that your community considers the benefits of FTTH, and because household broadband contributes to the overall health and vitality of the community, it makes connected communities highly sought after which results in increased property prices.