In May 2013, Smart Village, a Multichoice-owned company specialising in high-capacity fibre to the home (FTTH) networks, announced that it will be opening its network to ISPs in the 56 residential estates where they operate. This plan is now coming to fruition.
Smart Village COO Adrian Maguire told MyBroadband that their network planning and integration phase, which took 18 months to complete, has been finalised.
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are already peering with Smart Village at their Teraco and Waterfall points of presence (PoPs), and the first ISP services over the Smart Village fibre networks are expected before the end of the year.
Maguire said that consumers can expect to start seeing the benefits of its open access network in early 2014.
True Local Loop Unbundling model followed
Maguire said that they are following a true local loop unbundling model in offering ISPs access to its fibre network at an affordable rate.
He said that they have two wholesale models for ISPs – corporate and residential
- Corporate (1Mbps to 100Mbps): carries a peering port fee, and line connection fee based on speed and a nominal customer port fee
- Residential (1Mbps to 40Mbps): carries a peering port fee and a line connection fee
Smart Village provides their wholesale partners with complete freedom to offer any telecoms services to their subscribers, which may include Internet access, voice services of IP TV.
These companies can therefore provide telecoms services to corporate and residential customers on the Smart Village network.
Maguire said that while Smart Village will continue to operate as a retail ISP, the company is moving more towards a network operator.
Smart Village currently has 14,000 customers, with a large portion on fibre to the home services.