Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) is currently deploying a fibre infrastructure in
excess of R75-million in and around the Benoni metropolitan area. In
cooperation with Benoni Municipality, this project will not only launch the
city into the digital age, but it will also bring significant investment into
Dark Fibre Africa has evolved into the largest open access fibre
infrastructure provider in Southern Africa with an expenditure plan in excess
of R3.5-billion countrywide.
The socio economic benefits of Dark Fibre Africa fibre optic networks are
vast, affordable broadband contributes to increased economic activity.
Expansion of communications infrastructure brings about new business
opportunities that are dependent on broadband like ISPs, Internet Cafes and
Dark Fibre Africa Provide Sustainable
Solutions to Local Community
Open Access broadband also stimulates
competition within the telecommunications market, ultimately reducing
Internet costs. Furthermore, the competitive advantage and productivity gains
of broadband are enormous. Municipalities are able to provide electronic
services, education levels improve with access to information and communities
have access to eHealth and eLearning thanks to Dark Fibre Africa.
Dark Fibre Africa CEO Gustav Smit says they merely provide the open fibre
infrastructure. This enables licensed operators like Vodacom, MTN, Cell C
and ISPs like Internet Solutions and MWEB to give communities easier access
to the network at much greater speeds.
Smit has called on ISPs to play a leading role in mobilising communities.
End users simply dont know what 20Mbps or 100Mbps to the home means. An
opportunity needs to be created for users to test drive serious broadband. Dark
Fibre Africa is here to provide a long term sustainable solution to the local
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