fibre

“Can I get fibre?” to become a thing of the past

South African fibre networks are expected to complete their major metro builds by the end of 2017, which will bring fibre-to-the-home to many people. This is according to Webafrica CEO Tim Wyatt-Gunning, who told MyBroadband he expects the question “Can I get fibre?” to fall away in 2018. Over the past year, Webafrica has seen exceptional growth in its fibre customer numbers – with over 20,000 South Africans joining the ISP.

Wyatt-Gunning said the higher speeds offered by fibre enables their subscribers to enjoy a wider range of services, including video streaming. “To put all of that into perspective, we now deliver an average of two-times more data per customer than we did this time last year,” said Wyatt-Gunning. For those who cannot get fibre, Webafrica was the first ISP to offer Rain’s fixed LTE-A product to South Africans.

“LTE is proving to be a very attractive alternative to disgruntled ADSL customers who cannot yet get fibre,” said Wyatt-Gunning. The Webafrica CEO said 2017 has seen a move away from “slow and unreliable” DSL to faster and cheaper fibre and fixed-LTE services. The move is partly fueled by the need for faster, more stable connections to serve users’ streaming needs.

“A year ago, our biggest worry was managing download speeds. Today, it’s all about streaming.” Webafrica is positioning itself to take advance of this growth with a strong focus on automation to improve the delivery and support of its products.

Moving in the right direction

Wyatt-Gunning said South Africa is moving in the right directions when it comes to broadband developments, and he expects this to continue.

“A couple of years ago, the only substantial underlying network for the broadband market was provided by Telkom – and with that came all the usual monopolistic inefficiencies and high prices,” said Wyatt-Gunning.

“Today, there are over 30 fibre network providers and there are five LTE networks which have introduced choice for service providers such as Webafrica, and prices to our customers are being driven down fast.”

Now read: Webafrica splitting its business in two[1]

References

  1. ^ Webafrica splitting its business in two (mybroadband.co.za)

Bigger fibre footprint for DFA

In 2018, DFA will continue to expand its fibre footprint – increasing its reach into small towns and buildings. This is according to Vino Govender, acting chief strategy officer at DFA. DFA is rapidly growing and evolving, and this year the company introduced its Magellan suite of managed services – MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Access EVPL and EPL services.

The suite was introduced to enable DFA’s channels to address the need for resilient Metro Ethernet connectivity for the enterprise segment. “We have seen healthy demand for these services, with a growing order book as well as links delivery completion for these services,” said Govender. DFA is also placing more focus on the customer experience, which is at the centre of it organisational initiatives.

“Based on this, we have implemented several projects, including catalogue-driven order management as well as multi-domain service orchestration.” This strategy is set to flow into 2018, with DFA remaining focused on “delivering an exceptional customer experience”. “Product evolution is a constant process in our business, and you can expect additional managed service offerings in line with the MEF CE 2.0 specification to be introduced by DFA,” said Govender.

“Our wholesale clients can also expect an increase in the ease of doing business, which will be largely driven by system-driven order management and delivery processes through customer portals for order and service management and reporting.”

Fibre in 2018

Govender said South Africa experienced strong fibre growth in 2017, which addressed the demand for high-speed connectivity. Fibre growth is set to continue in 2018, and Govender expects to see the introduction of services that provide clients with a greater degree of flexibility and customisation. “SDN and NFV network architectures will enable fibre providers to deliver scalable and dynamic connectivity to cater for the bandwidth demand of rich media type services including HD voice and video streaming, multimedia applications, and rich cloud services.”

“These services are not only required to meet the needs of customers, but to enable new use cases and services that are developed for IoT applications.”

Now read: DFA secures R1.25 billion in funding[1]

References

  1. ^ DFA secures R1.25 billion in funding (mybroadband.co.za)

Bigger fibre footprint for DFA

In 2018, DFA will continue to expand its fibre footprint – increasing its reach into small towns and buildings. This is according to Vino Govender, acting chief strategy officer at DFA. DFA is rapidly growing and evolving, and this year the company introduced its Magellan suite of managed services – MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Access EVPL and EPL services.

The suite was introduced to enable DFA’s channels to address the need for resilient Metro Ethernet connectivity for the enterprise segment. “We have seen healthy demand for these services, with a growing order book as well as links delivery completion for these services,” said Govender. DFA is also placing more focus on the customer experience, which is at the centre of it organisational initiatives.

“Based on this, we have implemented several projects, including catalogue-driven order management as well as multi-domain service orchestration.” This strategy is set to flow into 2018, with DFA remaining focused on “delivering an exceptional customer experience”. “Product evolution is a constant process in our business, and you can expect additional managed service offerings in line with the MEF CE 2.0 specification to be introduced by DFA,” said Govender.

“Our wholesale clients can also expect an increase in the ease of doing business, which will be largely driven by system-driven order management and delivery processes through customer portals for order and service management and reporting.”

Fibre in 2018

Govender said South Africa experienced strong fibre growth in 2017, which addressed the demand for high-speed connectivity. Fibre growth is set to continue in 2018, and Govender expects to see the introduction of services that provide clients with a greater degree of flexibility and customisation. “SDN and NFV network architectures will enable fibre providers to deliver scalable and dynamic connectivity to cater for the bandwidth demand of rich media type services including HD voice and video streaming, multimedia applications, and rich cloud services.”

“These services are not only required to meet the needs of customers, but to enable new use cases and services that are developed for IoT applications.”

Now read: DFA secures R1.25 billion in funding[1]

References

  1. ^ DFA secures R1.25 billion in funding (mybroadband.co.za)