Mixed reaction to fibre networks

2019-10-09 06:01
Fibre installations underway in Newton Park. Photo: KAILIN DANIELS

Fibre installations underway in Newton Park. Photo: KAILIN DANIELS

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THE installation of fibre-optic network around Port Elizabeth have been met with mixed reactions, with some residents happy about the faster internet speeds it allows, while others have been angered by the disruption caused by the digging up of roads and driveways.

The service provider, Telelanga, has been constructing fibre networks in Port Elizabeth for SA Digital Villages since March in Mount Pleasant, Walmer Heights, Summerstrand, Humewood, Newton Park, Millpark and Sherwood. Installations are currently underway in other parts of Port Elizabeth, with completion set for end of this year.

Optical fibre installations entail the laying of optical fibre cables in ducting (pipes) under the ground or overhead on poles. Currently, most optical fibre cables in South Africa are being laid underground.

Telelanga’s general manager, Dieter Kusel, said that optical fibre networks are crucial to cater for the demand of higher internet speeds.

“There is a huge demand for online streaming services such as Netflix, Showmax and DStv, as well as online gaming.

“All developed countries have deployed optical fibre networks and this trend and demand is also now spreading to developing countries like South Africa. Internet consumers will be left behind if optical fibre networks are not deployed fast,” Kusel said.

However, the installations have damaged pavements and driveways, causing mayhem for some residents and businesses.

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