DFA to expand open access fibre network in George

CENTURION, South Africa – 20 February 2017 – Residents and businesses of George will soon be benefitting from high-speed connectivity as national telecommunications provider Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) plans to deploy its world-class optical fibre network in the coastal town starting March 2017. DFA subsidiary MCT Telecommunications will be trenching the fibre along allocated pavements. The project is expected to be complete within two months.

Affected roads will include Fortuin Street, Blanco Road, Saagmeul Street, and Airway Road, and residents can rest assured that all interruptions will be kept at a minimum. “With a strict mandate to preserve pre-existing structural elements and repair any damage quickly and efficiently, DFA and MCT Telecommunications can assure residents that the trenching process will be handled professionally”, states Wesley Nash, Acting Chief Operations Officer at DFA.

The deployment of an open-access network model will also mean that residents will be spoilt for choice as far as Internet service providers are concerned. Small and medium ISPs can compete with larger players in the market without needing to build their own expensive infrastructure.

Since DFA’s inception in October 2007, the company has constructed a national fibre network of over 10,000 km in major metros and smaller towns, representing an investment of more than R7 billion.

DFA offers a range of fibre-based solutions to ISPs and other telecommunications providers, from dark fibre to Ethernet-based connectivity. Whether the DFA clients are big or small, they all have access to the same robust fibre connectivity and industry-leading reliability of DFA's fibre infrastructure and services.

About DFA

DFA finances, builds, installs, manages, and maintains a world-class fibre network to transmit metro and long-haul telecommunications traffic in South Africa. DFA started rolling out its network in South African cities during October 2007. DFA has rolled out in excess of 10,000km of route fibre which it manages and operates with an uptime of 99.99% at a passive level. DFA leases secure transmission and backbone fibre infrastructure to telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, media conglomerates, tertiary education institutions, municipalities, government organizations, and other businesses, large and small, on equal terms.

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Carrie Daly
Hill+Knowlton Strategies for DFA