Can SA Become a Gigabit Society?

Can SA Become a Gigabit Society?

South African Internet Service Providers that have long been associated with the delivery of reliable internet access are in 2015 facing a host of new competitors. Added to this there is also a skyrocketing demand for next generation digital communication networks. Both of these situations have resulted in the industry moving in new and creative directions, while also creating the right atmosphere for innovative companies like Macrolan to shine. But what would it really take to completely transform the digital landscape of South Africa and make it one of the world’s first Gigabit Society’s? We take a closer look at the changes and challenges that the country and infrastructure would face if it wants to make this dream become a reality.

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Fibre-Optic Networks in Africa

Reach 44% of the African Population

With one of the fastest growing terrestrial transmission networks in the world, it should come as no surprise that the reach of Africa’s networks has more than doubled in the last five years. In fact, according to all of the latest research conducted by Africa Bandwidth Maps, Africa’s entire inventory of terrestrial based transmission networks is now edging towards the 1 million route kilometre mark. Out of this total the continent has a combined length of 586 707km operational fibre-optic networks (as of December 2014). This fibre-optic total comprises all of the following:

  • Long-haul fibre-optic networks
  • Metropolitan and FTTH/B (fibre-to-the-home/building) networks
  • Conventional terrestrial fibre-optic networks

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