FTTH (fibre-to-the-home) is a big talking point in South Africa at the moment, offering lightning-fast speeds at the fraction of the cost one would expect from similar ADSL lines.
Unfortunately, even some of South Africa’s largest suburbs don’t have access to Fibre yet, with a promised roll-out date of “soon”.
We asked Laurie Fialkov of CyberSmart and Abraham van der Merwe of Frogfoot (Division of VOX responsible for Fibre development) just how exactly ISPs choose which suburbs get FTTH services:
Our ability to invest in infrastructure is ultimately governed by our ability to deploy infrastructure profitably and effectively manage our risks.
As a result, we have to take into account:
- The demographics of the suburbs (which influence the affordability/uptake of higher end packages
- The demand for fibre in the community and lack of alternatives (which influence our penetration in a suburb)
- The size of the suburb (FTTH requires scale otherwise the economics break down) and we generally only consider estates/suburbs with at least 1000 residents or more
- Geographical density (which influence the cost of the deployment)
At the moment it is really anyone who asks.
We rate opportunities based on whether we have the backing of a home owners association or not the interest we have shown in the area any competing technologies we have in the area and how close it is to our existing builds.
Do you have FTTH in your suburb? Let us know in the comments below and in our forums.