CENTURION, Gauteng – 1 October 2014 – Today, the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled in favour of Dark Fibre Africa to continue with the building of a fibre optic network in the Msunduzi municipality. The case was filed by Msunduzi Municipality against Dark Fibre Africa in February 2014, after the company began constructing the initial phase of the fibre optic network in the Msunduzi municipal area.
According to Tshego Ditshego, Executive: Brand and Communications at Dark Fibre Africa, “This ruling is not only a win for Dark Fibre Africa but for the industry as a whole, and we hope that it will enable more beneficial engagement between telecommunications operators and the various municipalities across South Africa in future. We have and will continue to engage with the local municipality on the practical matters related to building our network in the Msunduzi municipality.”
Dark Fibre Africa is a privately owned company that builds, operates and maintains a carrier-neutral fibre optic infrastructure. These networks are built to the highest quality standards, paying meticulous attention to detail in all aspects of the civil works undertaken by approved civil contractors.
“In this phase of network build, we were building links for government entities and thus we were surprised when we were stopped by a local government entity,” added Ditshego.
Dark Fibre Africa is a responsible corporate citizen and complies with applicable legislation as referred to in the Electronic Communications Act. The company has an electronic communications licence that allows it to build networks in both private and public properties across the country.
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.