SA fibre optic network expanded

2011-02-15 12:31

Cape Town - Broadband Infraco spent R243m on its national backbone fibre optic network in 2009/10, transport minister Sbu Ndebele said on Tuesday.

The state-owned telecoms infrastructure provider's fibre optic cable network now covered about 12 250km country-wide, he told a media briefing at Parliament in his capacity as chair of the infrastructure development cluster of ministries.

This also enabled SA to extend connectivity to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region to countries such as Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.

Ndebele said the 2010 legacy implementation plan, developed in June 2010, was ready for implementation during February and March this year.

This included the 2010 FIFA World Cup equipment that would be redeployed to two host cities - Cape Town and Tshwane.

Digital TV

Telkom would also redeploy some of the equipment to exchanges in rural areas and use some of the remaining funds to connect the remaining 125 Dinaledi schools. Implementation of the project would roll over into April and May.

On digital terrestrial television (DTT), Ndebele said Cabinet recently endorsed a decision by SADC to adopt the European second-generation digital video broadcasting (DVB-T2) technology standard for implementing the digital migration process.

Cabinet further adopted December 2013 as the switch-off date of the analogue signal to the digital signal.

This process would contribute to government's job creation programme in manufacturing, packaging, distribution, installation, maintenance and content production, he said.

The migration process would result in the creation of more TV channels, therefore increasing the demand for more content.

Government intended using the migration process as a catalyst for the resuscitation of the electronics manufacturing industry and to create more opportunities for the content production industry, Ndebele said.

  • dysfunctionalhealth - 2011-02-15 13:19

    So what - where is all the additional cheap bandwidth?

  • Gore - 2011-02-15 13:37

    Ndebele commenting on this, why not stick to potholes and toll fees. But where is the Communications minister, sleeping on the job!!

  • TikkieTrots - 2011-02-15 14:13

    With last mile cable belonging to Telkom and Telkom over charging ISPs for the use of their infrastructure, cheap broadband will never reach consumers. We're probably looking at 2020 before we'll get cheap, fast and reliable internet that will reach speeds of 12 - 14 MB/s. Currently most parts of the US and Europe is already sitting on 16MB/s uncapped connections that costs about half (if not less than that) the price of Telkoms 4MB/s capped service offering. It's becoming cheaper and cheaper for Telkom to provide internet services but they keep on charging the same rediculous prices. In other words they're not filtering the discounts down to the consumers. The worst of it all is that the whole world is moving to digital everything. Business and media is going digital but it's just too expensive to do business like that in SA! The majority of consumers just do not have access to fast and reliable enough internet.

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