- Mar 26, 2018
There was a brief chat about this some time back. Most, if not all FTTH infrastructure is limited to 1G in South Africa. I don't think anyone has 10G GPON running yet, and Vumatel's trenched network's entire switching fabric is built from Huawei S57XX switches that are 1G ports to the client. 10G Metro Ethernet is gaining momentum, so we're seeing 1G - 10G starting to creep into business and in the Datacentre - which is good. But the fact is 10G Network interface devices are pricey (CPEs and ONUs specifically) and the demand/use case simply isn't there to upgrade fabrics to 10G for FTTH. Getting 10G between datacentres is still prohibitively expensive for most networks.So where's the Multigigs at? I see American and UK people sporting with 10gbit connections on fibre. They also boasting about the 5G speeds which seems to be around 1.6gbit to 1.8gbit.
Surely there must be options of 2gbit in SA already ?
Let's first get more and faster local content (it doesn't matter how big pipes to the rest of the world are, 1G + only works well at low latencies). I'm seeing many local CDNs and mirrors limiting their servers down since the explosion in 1G FTTH has taken off. Two specific linux mirrors seem to be limited to <500 Mbps now. Let's push for gaming servers in SA so mates playing against each other in Cape Town don't have to connect to a server in the EU.
What I'm getting at is let's get an ecosystem delivering content at 1G + perfectly while FNOs sweat their assets a little and by the time they upgrade, they'll have a reason to go 10G.