Internet Solutions (IS) is predicting that in 2 – 3 years fibre-to-the-building connections will be a common network connection and will pave the way to more pervasive fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections.
Carrier services boss at IS, Raj Wanniapa, told an audience at Internetix that Internet Solutions is optimistic about the time-line for more widespread fibre services in South Africa. Internetix is an event that was held at the Dimension Data headquarters in Bryanston on Tuesday (7 August 2012).
Wanniapa explained that the high cost of fibre is mainly due to the civil works needed to lay the cable, such as trenching.
However, Rian Breed from the IS carrier business unit said that they are seeing a demand for fibre services from businesses which suggests a good business case for fibre-to-the-building.
The roll-out of fibre to businesses over the next few years will enable more widespread home installations down the road, Breed said.
While the cost putting down last-mile fibre for FTTH is prohibitively expensive, Breed explained that as more businesses get fibre connections the business case for home connections will begin to look more attractive.