CENTURION, Gauteng – 23 June 2009 – Telecommunications infrastructure provider Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) on Tuesday formally launched its network, which would provide data and video broadband services, including voice.
The launch will be done in collaboration with networking space leader Cisco Systems.
The launch marked a milestone for DFA, which creating an open access dark fibre network in metropolitan areas, with over 800 km of fibre optics cable laid in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.
DFA owns, builds, maintains, secures and monitors the dark fibre network and has to date, made private sector investment of R1,5-billion in the network infrastructure.
DFA manager of sales and marketing Malcolm Kirby said in a statement that individual service providers would now be able to lease fibre optic cable from DFA. “The dark fibre is then ‘lit’ by each service operator when they deliver new high-speed services to their customers.”
With the launch, DFA planned to introduce a new phenomenon called hyperband, which would provide enough capacity to accommodate all networks, allowing mobile operators to improve the quality of their service.
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.