A recent media report suggested that Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) will ‘bring fibre to the home’ to customers, and that ‘true broadband speeds of 100Mb/s to the home are fast becoming a reality’. Some readers may think that DFA is planning a fibre to the home service, something which is not on the cards from the company.
DFA manager for sales and marketing, Malcolm Kirby, told MyBroadband that DFA is not planning to roll out any fibre infrastructure to residential properties, and that it is definitely not a service provider. The closest DFA’s infrastructure will get to a residential property is the entrance of a gated community, Kirby explained.
Kirby added that DFA is focused on providing service providers with point-to-point fibre links, which can in turn be used by these providers as a backbone network to support their own last mile access technologies. DFA does not own or need an ECNS or ECS license, which reiterates their role as a telecoms infrastructure provider rather than services provider and clearly demarcates their area of expertise.
Kirby said that DFA carefully planned their route to pass most large enterprises, and that the 2 000 potential customers which were identified are typically large businesses and service providers. DFA specifically selected areas where it expects multiple service providers to purchase infrastructure from the company, something which will definitely not happen in the case of a single residential property.
While some residential consumers may be disappointed to learn that DFA is not planning a fibre to the home service, the additional inner city fibre infrastructure is likely to bring more competition to the market which will in turn drive down bandwidth pricing.
Further good news is that Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) recently announced the formal launch of its network which means that service providers can start to take advantage of the company’s 800 km fibre network.