Marc Rossmann, a resident of Wilgeheuwel in Roodepoort, Johannesburg has started campaigning for the residents of Little Falls, Strubens Valley, and Wilgeheuwel to register their interest in fibre-to-the-home services in the area.
Digital subscriber line infrastructure in these areas is limited, he said, adding that lines often operate at less than 50% efficiency.
“There is no other alternative than to campaign for optical fibre in our area,” said Rossman.
Taking a leaf from the books of various other community-led projects in Gauteng and the Western Cape, he established the Northside Community FTTH Project.
Rossman is urging residents to visit the project’s website and register their interest in having FTTH in their homes.
This registration is non-binding, he said.
Once he has compiled figures based on the responses, they can decide on the next step.
Rossman said the logical progression would be to look at an open-access network, which means getting the interest of an infrastructure provider to roll out a network on which many ISPs can offer services.