The FTTH Council Africa welcomed the launch of the City of Tshwane’s automated wayleave system, which it said should speed up the processing of wayleaves and the deployment of telecoms networks.
“The telecommunications industry has for years been complaining about the slow and cumbersome paper-based systems of local authorities for the granting of wayleave approvals,” the FTTH Council Africa said.
The FTTH Council Africa said that the City of Tshwane’s automated system should result in speedy processing of wayleaves and expedite the rate at which companies can deploy telecommunications infrastructure.
“In return, it should take an enormous load off the internal resources of the City of Tshwane, while at the same time ensuring efficiency for the private sector,” said Juanita Clark, CEO of the FTTH Council Africa.
According to Clark the increase in productivity should eliminate many of the frustrations felt by operators.
“In the past there was no set guideline for the issuing of right of way approvals and timescales vary from one application to the next.”
“This has had a big financial implication on the private sector as it is difficult to plan projects or even deliver projects on time.”
Clark said that the council has been lobbying for automation of the process as they believe that it is the only way to ensure efficiencies and remove unnecessary red tape.
“All indications are that, with this system, an approval will be granted within two weeks. Finally, in one metro, the industry can proceed with certainty. We only hope that other metro’s see the benefits and follow suit,” said Clark.