The wait for fibre in South Africa’s small towns and cities

Nuro

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I recently moved from Joburg to Durban. Even here the level of fibre coverage is really bad.
DSL is spotty to average in even built up middle class areas. I went from 100Mbit symmetric fibre to barely stable 8mbit DSL :(
 
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SirFooK'nG

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I recently moved from Joburg to Durban. Even here the level of fibre coverage is really bad.
DSL is spotty to average in even built up middle class areas. I went from 100Mbit symmertic fibre to barely stable 8mbit DSL :(
Yip ... I have had go to a WISP.. DSL was only syncing at 6mbit
 

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Density and LSM (Living Standard Measure)- those are the 2 biggest factors. Most small towns don't fit that criteria, and the ones that do, require long backhaul links that are costly.
 

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Openserve has a big portion of Empangeni in KZN covered with more being deployed. Frogfoot has started planning fibre in Richards Bay.

I was actually shocked about Empangeni because it's such a small town yet Openserve pushed trenched fibre so quickly.
 

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Nice article but what about liquid telecom will they partner with ISP to roll out last mile connectivity in small towns I ask because in Mafikeng liquid telecom dominated fibre back bone and possible partner is Telkom since Openserve is already working on the ground as technical team
 

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Openserve has a big portion of Empangeni in KZN covered with more being deployed. Frogfoot has started planning fibre in Richards Bay.

I was actually shocked about Empangeni because it's such a small town yet Openserve pushed trenched fibre so quickly.
I cannot wait for Frogfoot to start deployment in Richards Bay. At least we are "planned". It is strange that Openserve deployed fibre throughout Empangeni, especially the CBD. Vodacom deployed fibre to the golf estate in Meerensee, and then Openserve also deployed fibre to the golf estate. Nothing to the rest of Meerensee yet.
 

ozziej

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ROFL. Really, small towns and cities are the only ones that have this problem? I live in a pretty large city near Johannesburg and we still are waiting for fibre rollout...
 

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ROFL. Really, small towns and cities are the only ones that have this problem? I live in a pretty large city near Johannesburg and we still are waiting for fibre rollout...
Maybe it's a small town part of the Big City?
 

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Openserve has a big portion of Empangeni in KZN covered with more being deployed. Frogfoot has started planning fibre in Richards Bay.
I was actually shocked about Empangeni because it's such a small town yet Openserve pushed trenched fibre so quickly.
Does MTN not have a major -- transit facility in Empangeni ?
 

Fulcrum29

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One residential block away from our rollout, but I heard that even if you are covered here it takes time...
 

RaptorSA

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I actually feel guilty after finally getting my fibre then realizing I don't have the mojo to mess around on PC's all day anymore. The performance on Fibre is something to behold, oh how I wish I had it sooner.
 

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What are they gonna do with fiber in rural South Africa? Do we really need the internet flooded with recipes for Klippies and Coke or potato salad with excessive mayonnaise?
 

RaptorSA

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What are they gonna do with fiber in rural South Africa? Do we really need the internet flooded with recipes for Klippies and Coke or potato salad with excessive mayonnaise?
You can't sell off fibre like you can copper, but you can weave some impressive African themed baskets with those glass fibres.
True story.
 

cavedog

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I cannot wait for Frogfoot to start deployment in Richards Bay. At least we are "planned". It is strange that Openserve deployed fibre throughout Empangeni, especially the CBD. Vodacom deployed fibre to the golf estate in Meerensee, and then Openserve also deployed fibre to the golf estate. Nothing to the rest of Meerensee yet.
It's going to take about 2 years at least I reckon. It's going to have to all be trenched which is slow and very expensive but at least Meer en See is getting frogfoot which is really nice if you look at price.

If you look at Atomic Access for uncapped unshapped unthrottled on frogfoot
100/100 - R995
200/200 - R1249
500/500 - R1499
1000/1000 - R1949

Now that is some decent prices on Frogfoot
 
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