Link Africa has received approval from the City of Tshwane for the deployment of a fibre optic network within the city’s existing sewer and waste water service networks.
Link Africa uses the patented Fibre Optical Cable in Underground Systems (FOCUSTM) technology, which allows for fast and cost effective deployment of fibre optic cable in existing underground municipal service networks.
The use of municipal infrastructure allows Link Africa’s networks to reach underserved areas quickly where other networks cannot, due to sensitive environmental issues, density of municipal services or other factors.
The agreement with the City of Tshwane will see the deployment of approximately 2,000 kilometres of broadband fibre optic networks in the city, over the next five years.
“Laying fibre in built-up areas is difficult since traditional methods of ‘excavate and lay’ entail working in heavily trafficked areas, resulting not only in inconvenience and disruption for vehicles and pedestrians alike, but also resulting in health, safety and environmental issues,” said Rikus Matthyser, Link Africa CEO.
“We are able to deploy telecommunications infrastructure and services more cost effectively and faster than any other provider through the utilisation of innovative technologies and partnerships, thereby driving down the cost of broadband for the end user and making South Africa an advanced high speed telecommunications community,” added Matthyser.