DFA aims to establish 20,000 business connections by March 2016. This is significantly more than the company currently has in its fibre-to-the-business network.
These connections will provide businesses across South Africa with access to a high-speed fibre network via an internet service provider of their choice.
There is an increase in demand for fibre connectivity across SA, which is partly due to the country playing catch up to other more developed markets around the world.
“Although there are several drivers leading to increased demand for connectivity, we have identified that cloud computing is a critical driver for the adoption of fibre-based connectivity,” said Reshaad Sha, Chief Strategy Officer at DFA.
“In order for cloud computing to deliver the benefits of cost saving, business continuity, and business agility, it requires a secure and super-fast connection that only a fibre network can provide.”
Although cloud adoption in Africa is still in its infancy, demand for cloud services are growing in the private sector across the country.
Almost half of the top 100 JSE-listed corporations are using a form of cloud computing as they look to use innovative solutions to develop a competitive edge and drive efficiencies across the business, said DFA.
“The challenge that many of these businesses face is that the demand for bandwidth is dependent on availability and ease of access, but the demand is needed to motivate for the investment in this infrastructure.”
To address this challenge, DFA will expand its network and simplify the ease of access to high-speed fibre networks for businesses across all major and secondary cities in South Africa.