Fibre industry heavyweights discussed the reasons behind their price hikes and line speed increases

Much of this cost was driven by extortion gangs, known euphemistically as “business forums”, who demand that companies hire their members to perform 30% or more of construction work in their areas.

“You have to hire their security companies to look after their staff that you are forced to employ,” said O’Donoghue. “We are constantly being pressurised and paying for things that, quite frankly, we shouldn’t be paying for.”
your customers shouldn't be paying for it either btw ...
 
Customers should not be paying for and supporting crime.

Problem with speed upgrades, is that beyond a certain point, it becomes irrelevant what speed you are running, for most in South Africa, that point is about 150Mbps. So upgrading these people beyond that point they gain no perceived value.

Once you have enough bandwidth to play your game and stream a few streams, do your work, any bandwidth above and beyond that need, has no perceived value whatsoever.
 
"We are pressured to....."

The answer is don't do business on those terms. This is the message to all those who are prepared to slip a R50 under the driver's license to make a problem go away. YOU are the problem and the reason thugs rule.
 
Indeed, well, maybe the customers in THAT area should be paying more.

No, the FNO should not supply services in that area at all. The community wants fiber, tell them to fix the cancer within, and then they will get the fiber infrastructure they need. Till then sorry, sort your problem out, then we can help you.

If government was doing their mandated duty, this would not happen. But government is derelict in carrying out there mandated duty everywhere.
 
If i am paying more for increased line speed i.e. from 100/100mb/s to 150/150mb/s and i'm still only getting lower speeds than that which i initially had, should i be content with that? Why are they then increasing line speeds and pricing? Is it just another means of capitalist theft?
 
I am paying R600 monthly for 20/20Mbps. This speed is rarely achieved. Apparently, I am locked into the agreement with my ISP due to rollout costs by the FNO. Any attempts to change are blocked by the small security estate where I live.
 
I am paying R600 monthly for 20/20Mbps. This speed is rarely achieved. Apparently, I am locked into the agreement with my ISP due to rollout costs by the FNO. Any attempts to change are blocked by the small security estate where I live.

Did everything (the fibre rollout) occur before you moved into the estate? Are you an owner or tenant?
 
No, the FNO should not supply services in that area at all. The community wants fiber, tell them to fix the cancer within, and then they will get the fiber infrastructure they need. Till then sorry, sort your problem out, then we can help you.

If government was doing their mandated duty, this would not happen. But government is derelict in carrying out there mandated duty everywhere.
No. That's policing - or national government job. Put pressure on them. Citizens can't be expected to do everything, and if you take the law in your own hands it's a one way ticket to the tjoekie.
 
I am paying R600 monthly for 20/20Mbps. This speed is rarely achieved. Apparently, I am locked into the agreement with my ISP due to rollout costs by the FNO. Any attempts to change are blocked by the small security estate where I live.
How many years do you have left?
 
Just stop rolling out fibre in dodge areas. If the ANC don't want to help the country fck em let those areas live without electricity, internet, water and see how quickly or if you community is willing to do some mob justice on these gangs.
 
If i am paying more for increased line speed i.e. from 100/100mb/s to 150/150mb/s and i'm still only getting lower speeds than that which i initially had, should i be content with that? Why are they then increasing line speeds and pricing? Is it just another means of capitalist theft?
Sounds like your router needs upgrading as it only has a 100mbps port instead of a 1000mbps one.
 
It's unclear to me - are you being forced to supply fibre to those areas?

As I understand it, they are mandated by government to service these areas. Government is not prepared to uphold it's side of the deal, and see to it that those they have mandated to accomplish a government goal, the protection they need.
 
As I understand it, they are mandated by government to service these areas. Government is not prepared to uphold it's side of the deal, and see to it that those they have mandated to accomplish a government goal, the protection they need.
Is that the case @Jan or @mylesillidge ?
 
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