Cool Ideas – Data centres and gigabit fibre

Cool Ideas is working on making gigabit fibre services “usable and feasible”, cofounder Paul Butschi told MyBroadband.

“We are also building our own data centre and are busy with a few ideas which would tie into our connectivity solutions,” said Butschi.

Cool Ideas recently ranked as the top-rated ISP in MyBroadband’s Q3 2017 Broadband Survey, and has been the top local provider in the Netflix ISP Speed Index.

It focuses on fibre services and offers home and business fibre connectivity on a variety of infrastructure providers.

From IT support

Andre Jooste and Paul Butschi founded Cool Ideas in 2011 after years of working in IT support.

“We both come from a support background, and both worked for many years in business support,” said Butschi.

“After a long enough time, Andre and I wanted to start making our own business decisions, and so formed Cool Ideas.”

They are residents of Parkhurst and were involved with the Vumatel proposal to the Parkhurst Resident Association to offer fibre to the neighbourhood in 2014.

Since Vumatel’s launch, the residential fibre infrastructure space has boomed – but Cool Ideas has no plans to compete in the infrastructure arena.

It does operate last-mile networks in places like 44 Stanley, Grenville Gardens, and The Refinery, but Butschi said these are limited and unique cases.

“They are often small, older complexes with very few units that no other provider would touch, but it’s close to our fibre presence,” he said.

“We aren’t planning on rolling out any more physical networks, there are already enough companies doing so.”

Butschi added that they bought a small Internet service provider in KwaZulu-Natal this year, and that they are not looking for a buyer.

“[We] would always look to acquire other businesses if it made strategic or business sense.”

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