Internet Solutions (IS) is continuing to invest in its fibre network, which the company said it needed to accommodate bandwidth-intensive communication applications and tools.
“South Africa’s connectivity infrastructure has seen incredible growth in the last few years and the partnerships that have been formed between service providers to deliver on this infrastructure has been nothing short of impressive” said Brett Steingo, Innovation and Technology Manager at Internet Solutions.
“As a result, the internet connectivity landscape in South Africa today is vastly different to the monopolised connectivity market we were faced with a mere decade ago.”
One major factor that has contributed to this dramatic change is the influx of undersea cables that connect South Africa to the rest of the world, IS said.
Other factors include the decrease in broadband prices over the last few years, an increased demand for online applications, as well as the increase in the availability of fibre networks in metropolitan areas.
The granting of Electronic Communications Network Service licenses also played a major role in South Africa’s improved internet landscape.
This means that service providers, which were previously required to buy their network access from one of the major providers, could now build their own networks or choose where they wanted to buy their access from.
“Internet Solutions has a vast fibre network of over 2,000kms that runs throughout South Africa and connects the major city centres inland and along the coast. We also have a number of suburbs across the country that are fibre ready,” said Steingo.
Fibre as a method of internet access is ideal for businesses that require resilient, high capacity, low latency, internet access, IS said.
“When comparing the capabilities of these fibre networks with that of traditional copper based networks there are a number of factors that contribute to its popularity around the world,” said Steingo.
“While both deliver internet services, fibre networks, for example, are far less prone to cable theft, easily scalable, symmetrically optimised for upload and download speeds and offers minimal line degradation over time.”
Growing South Africa’s fibre networks is more than merely putting infrastructure in the ground.
According to Steingo, “the industry needs to step forward and look at how to encourage services around fibre based internet connectivity and the enhanced services that it allows.”
Bandwidth costs have decreased significantly over the last few years and will continue to come down even further, IS said.
“Now is the time that we need to look at the consumption of bandwidth and how it can be leveraged across all industries,” said Steingo.