FTTH Council slates “no more fibre deployments” decision

The FTTH Council calls for an intervention from the DoC after Ekurhuleni placed a moratorium on all deployments of fibre

By - March 22, 2012
Fibre Internet

The FTTH Council today (22 March 2012) called for an intervention from the Department of Communications after the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality placed a moratorium on all deployments of fibre.

“This is a gross violation of the rights of ECNS licensees and in complete violation of the Electronic Communications Act”, said Juanita Clark, CEO of the FTTH Council Africa.

“We have contacted the Municipality in this regard, and have given them until Friday to respond, after which we will get an urgent court order against the local authority and consider further steps to recover commercial losses from them.”

“The deployment of new networks will stimulate competition and drive access and prices down. It will also provide the country with higher bandwidth speeds than those currently available – South Africa currently ranks 6th in Africa,” the FTTH Council said.

“We have asked for intervention from the Department of Communication in this regard. The worst is that no reasons were given, and companies were just told to fill up trenches and get out of Ekurhuleni,” said Clark.

“This has resulted in approximately 4,570 job losses – and these are not even the final numbers as we are still waiting for some operators to inform us of their losses. As a country we cannot afford this, and as a democracy it is unacceptable,” Clark said.

“We have demanded that the moratorium be lifted with immediate effect or seek relief elsewhere. We have great faith in the Department of Communications to rectify the issue successfully,” Clark concluded.

Related articles

100Mbps broadband for everyone: Helen Zille

FibreSuburb: FTTH arrives in SA suburb

Forum discussion

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – more technology images

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Do you have an uncapped broadband account?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

ANC won’t answer signal jamming questions

No cellphone signal

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was accused of hiding behind the sub judice rule on Wednesday when he declined to answer a question in Parliament on signal jamming

Massive solar thermal electricity plant launched in South Africa

Kaxu launch

KaXu Solar One, the biggest solar thermal electricity plant in the southern hemisphere, was opened in the Northern Cape this week

Gareth Cliff not going to Highveld Stereo

Gareth Cliff

Gareth Cliff and Primedia have dismissed rumours that he is in negotiations to take over the 947 Highveld Stereo breakfast show

Suspected copper cable thieves arrested

Copper wires

Two suspected cable thieves were arrested in Germiston early Wednesday morning

X

Newsletter Subscription


Name
Email *
Enter the following to confirm your subscription *
Captcha image


Free MyBroadband Newsletter
Subscribe
X
bool(true)