Dark Fibre Africa’s (DFA’s) chief strategy officer Reshaad Sha has pointed out that the deployment of aerial fibre will significantly reduce the cost of expanding fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services in South Africa, TechCentral reports. The executive said that running fibre-optic cabling on poles along streets and into homes is a ‘massive improvement’ over the costs associated with trenching and then burying it. Although overhead fibre has higher maintenance costs than buried solutions, in suburbs this cost is not as high as it is in business centres, said Sha. The executive however added: ‘For FTTH in suburbs, the lower overhead means a better business case, but residents, municipalities and roads agencies in many areas in South Africa will prevent you from deploying overhead.’
As previously noted by CommsUpdate, in November 2014 DFA was contracted to build an open-access FTTH network in the Johannesburg suburbs of Parkview and Greenside East. Under the project, DFA will provide a ‘future proofed’ fibre-optic network, which will be capable of delivering download speeds of up to 1Gbps to residents and businesses in the area. DFA will only operate and maintain the infrastructure while making it available to internet service providers (ISPs) on an equal basis.