Fibre-to-the-home for more Joburg suburbs

The Bryanston South Fibre Committee (BSFC) has invited network infrastructure players to bid on rolling out fibre-to-the-home services in its neighbourhood.

It joins suburbs such as Parkhurst, Parkview, and Constantia in inviting network services to roll out in their areas, rather than waiting for an FTTH provider to come to them.

A spokesperson for the BSFC said it is an informal group made up of residents who came together because they were “sick and tired” of ADSL.

“There is no residents’ association or official body, hence they have come forward from the relevant security and community groups we have,” the BSFC said.

The committee consists of 7 members, three of whom volunteered to be the adjudication committee to compare and select the provider for the fibre project.

They are: Liz Edwards, Peter Elliot, and John van der Munckhof.

Price survey

Bryanston South fibre network price survey
Bryanston South fibre network price survey

Like the projects that came before it, the BSFC launched a survey to find out from residents whether they would be interested in a fibre service, and what they would be willing to pay.

Based on the 70 respondents, over 80% of residents were willing to pay between R499 and R1,499 per month for a 50Mbps line with 200GB of data.

The committee asked residents who haven’t filled out the survey yet to please do so to improve the chances of a rapid roll-out.

What’s next?

According to the BSFC, seven companies have confirmed that they will submit proposals before the 12 June deadline.

  • 123Net
  • Dark Fibre Africa
  • Greencom
  • Light Fibre
  • Frogfoot and Link Africa (as a joint venture)
  • Telkom
  • Vumatel

“The BSFC has also met both Frogfoot & Link Africa and Vumatel to discuss their models and proposals as well.”

The committee will review the proposals after 12 June, with a commitment to announce the winning company by 28 June.

Bryanston South fibre network footprint
Bryanston South fibre network footprint

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