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SA Internet penetration to reach 40% in 2017

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 19 July 2017 – The South African Internet user population passed the 20-million mark for the first time last year, reaching 21 million, and is expected to grow to at least 22.5 million in 2017. This is the main finding of the Internet Access in South Africa 2017 study released today by World Wide Worx with the support of Dark Fibre Africa (DFA), the country’s leading provider of wholesale open-access fibre connectivity.

DFA successfully raises R1.25 billion of funding

CENTURION, South Africa – 30 May 2017 – DFA, South Africa's leading provider of open-access fibre infrastructure, announces that it has successfully secured additional term-debt funding of R1.25 billion. This follows the extension and increase to R1.1 billion of its revolving credit facility in December 2016. The debt facilities will be used to refinance a maturing term loan and to finance the continued expansion of DFA’s extensive open-access national metro fibre footprint.

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.

South Africa’s DFA Automates and Virtualises Service Offerings Using Ciena Blue Planet

HANOVER, Md, USA; CENTURION, South Africa – November 30, 2016 – Dark Fibre Africa (DFA), South Africa's leading provider of open-access fibre infrastructure, is deploying [Ciena]'s® (NYSE: CIEN) [Blue Planet] orchestration software to automate the delivery of Ethernet services across its existing multi-vendor network and provide more service flexibility and agility for their customers.

Sigfox expanding its Global IoT network into South Africa in partnership with DFA

LABÈGE, France; JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 14 November 2016 – Today, Sigfox, the world’s leading provider of a global communication solution powering the Internet of Things (IoT), and its partner DFA announced the roll-out of the Sigfox network in South Africa – the largest economy and most industrialised nation on the African continent.

DFA appoints new Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

CENTURION, Gauteng – 7 November 2016 – DFA has appointed a new Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Praveen Govender. Govender will lead the formulation and execution of DFA’s sales strategy, as well as the company’s client-engagement strategy.

DFA welcomes new C-suite members

CENTURION, Gauteng – 1 July 2016 – Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) has appointed Cilliers Steyn as their new Chief Financial Officer, effective 1 July 2016.

DFA acquires stake in SADV wholesale open access FTTH business

CENTURION, Gauteng – 12 April 2016 – DFA, South Africa's leading provider of open-access fibre infrastructure, today announces that it has acquired a significant minority stake in SA Digital Villages (SADV), which has a proven track record in the FTTH market segment.

Resignation of CEO, Gustav Smit

CENTURION, Gauteng – 9 March 2016 – Gustav Smit, the Chief Executive Officer of DFA, announced his resignation. Gustav cofounded DFA some 9 years ago and has grown the company to the extent that today it employs over 400 people and has built out an open access fibre network of more than 9000 km.

DFA on a drive to employ 20% more staff

CENTURION, Gauteng – 15 June 2015 – In order to meet the growing demand for fibre connectivity in South Africa, DFA is embarking on an aggressive employment drive to grow its own staff compliment by more than 20% over the next 3 months, coupled by increasing its outsourced capacity. This is on the back of the company’s recent announcement to increase its number of business endpoints to 20 000 by March 2016.