CENTURION, Gauteng – 1 September 2008 – Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) has welcomed the ruling by the Pretoria High Court that value-added network services companies have the right to self-provide their own network facilities. The ruling, delivered on Friday in favour of JSE-listed technology group, Allied Technologies, means internet and other value-added network providers will not have to rely on the infrastructure of the currently licensed fixed and cellular operators.
This is good news for South African business and consumers, said Richard Came, a director at the company.
DFA is the premier wholesale, open-access fibre-infrastructure and -connectivity provider in South Africa. We finance, build, install, manage, and maintain a world-class fibre network to transmit metro and long-haul telecommunications traffic. We started rolling out our fibre network in 2007, and to date, we have deployed over 13,000 km of ducting infrastructure in major metros, secondary cities, and smaller towns. Our network runs with an industry-leading uptime of 99.98%. We lease our secure transmission and backbone fibre infrastructure and provide associated connectivity services to telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, media conglomerates, tertiary education institutions, municipalities, government organizations, and other businesses, large and small, on equal terms. DFA is a Level 3 B-BBEE Contributor on the ICT Sector Codes.