US will help fund DFA fibre rollout study in South Africa

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US will help fund DFA fibre rollout study in South Africa

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will help fund a fibre rollout feasibility study aimed at expanding reliable and affordable Internet access and digital services to underserved populations living outside of South Africa’s major urban centres.

It will contribute $901,188 (around R12.3 million) to the study, which is expected to start within months and be concluded a year after commencement.

Dark Fibre Africa (DFA), a South African wholesale open-access fibre infrastructure and connectivity provider, will carry out the study.
 

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Maybe to get in before the Chinese do? They already laying cable to EU and then down east coast to SA.

Likely will be like the AU building.. bugged to hell an back.
 

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What... exactly... are they going to study?
The study will evaluate the technical and economic viability of expanding DFA’s fibre network into peri-urban and rural areas in 20 districts across the country.

Basically go where privateers fear to tread, to hopefully prove a point that providing internet access can uplift communities... now that we're so reliant on it.
Hopefully these communities don't take out their frustration with the government on these installations.
Of course this lighten's the government's burden of responsibility when they should be investing more but hey... they don't seem interested enough.
 

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So this so called 20 districts might get FTTB? Or it simple means DFA will roll out backhaul to small towns? Because DFA specializes in backhaul not B2C, this might mean last mile connection will be done by Vumareach or poynting what what aka R89 PM WiFi connection.
I have a feeling this districts won't get standard FTTH expect 20 customers to share bandwidth 100Mbps will be divided by 20 which will be 5Mbps line per customer while standard FTTH is doing away with 5 & 10Mbps
 

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Maybe to get in before the Chinese do? They already laying cable to EU and then down east coast to SA.

Likely will be like the AU building.. bugged to hell an back.

There's no way US is going to drop free cash on a 'study'.
They going to be intercepting traffic or something.
Maybe they coming for the SA pirates. Arrrr
 

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What... exactly... are they going to study?
Who knows? I have no idea what there is to study, the technology works, the fibre laying techniques are well known, the places where more fibre is required is also known.

Al that is not known is how to do it in a way that is financially viable.

Another BS study, being done to study the obvious. Just use the money and get on with the task.
 

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The study will evaluate the technical and economic viability of expanding DFA’s fibre network into peri-urban and rural areas in 20 districts across the country.

Basically go where privateers fear to tread, to hopefully prove a point that providing internet access can uplift communities... now that we're so reliant on it.
Hopefully these communities don't take out their frustration with the government on these installations.
Of course this lighten's the government's burden of responsibility when they should be investing more but hey... they don't seem interested enough.
Yawn! Nothing to prove here.
 

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"holistic" - third article this week where someone uses this word in their explanation. Word of the day toilet paper?
 

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a paltry amount... token gesture - and soon to be stolen or whatever pc word will be used, i.e. 'mismanaged'
 

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The problems are well known. The study will probably be how the USA could make a profit and who do they need to pay to play over here.
 

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A viability study into what's Herotel is already doing? With success i might add.

Openserve is also planning to do it, i've heard from my usually unreliable friend
Octotel is also busy with rollout in various small WC dorpies
 
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The study will evaluate the technical and economic viability of expanding DFA’s fibre network into peri-urban and rural areas in 20 districts across the country.

Basically go where privateers fear to tread, to hopefully prove a point that providing internet access can uplift communities... now that we're so reliant on it.
Hopefully these communities don't take out their frustration with the government on these installations.
Of course this lighten's the government's burden of responsibility when they should be investing more but hey... they don't seem interested enough.
'upliftment' - no amount of money has ever been successful in achieving that, nowhere on earth - otherwise Africa would have quite a few stars in the cultural firmament
 

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So this so called 20 districts might get FTTB? Or it simple means DFA will roll out backhaul to small towns? Because DFA specializes in backhaul not B2C, this might mean last mile connection will be done by Vumareach or poynting what what aka R89 PM WiFi connection.
I have a feeling this districts won't get standard FTTH expect 20 customers to share bandwidth 100Mbps will be divided by 20 which will be 5Mbps line per customer while standard FTTH is doing away with 5 & 10Mbps
Are DFA and Vumatel not part of the same group?

On another note if only we had a gov broadband company which is supposed to be doing this, oh wait we do - Broadband Infraco
The mission of Broadband Infraco is to strive to: expand the availability and affordability of access to communication services, including, but not limited to, underdeveloped and underserviced areas; and enable the acceleration of the State’s digital transformation through broadband connectivity.
 

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'upliftment' - no amount of money has ever been successful in achieving that, nowhere on earth - otherwise Africa would have quite a few stars in the cultural firmament
I assume you put italics on for a reason.
 
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