INTERNET: Dark Fibre Africa Invests R75-Million in Benoni
Recent Gauteng Business News
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 the area.
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 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 banking services.
Dark Fibre Provides More Accessible, Fast InternetOpen 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.
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 community.
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