No Google fibre plans for South Africa

Google is selective about the markets where it rolls out fibre infrastructure projects like Project Link, the country director for Google South Africa has said.

Luke McKend was responding to a question in a panel discussion at SATNAC 2016, hosted by Telkom.

He said they considered the broadband environment in places like Kampala, Uganda and Accra, Ghana before launching Project Link there.

In other areas, Google might not roll out fibre directly, but provide a way for operators and Internet service providers to share cable ducts and trenches.

This is similar to what a company like Dark Fibre Africa offers in South Africa.

McKend said that although it might be an unpopular opinion, South Africa’s environment is already quite competitive.

Luke McKend

Jan Vermeulen was a guest of Telkom at SATNAC 2016.

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