CENTURION, Gauteng – 1 December 2014 – On Monday 24th November DFA launched its Umhlanga Tachyon Node, in La Lucia, KwaZulu Natal. This hosting facility, will act as an aggregation point for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to provide businesses in the area with a cost-effective way to easily access high speed broadband connectivity via the DFA fibre optic network.
According to Jacques van Loggerenberg, Executive: Network Architecture and Strategy at DFA, “Today businesses are moving significant volumes of data, either internally or externally to data centres. To improve efficiencies and drive productivity it is critical that these businesses have access to high speed broadband connectivity by bringing fibre to the business (FTTB). ”
The Tachyon node provides several benefits for the ISP and end user, the most notable being cost savings. Traditionally, accessing the last mile of fibre networks has been expensive as it was priced according to the distance of the fibre access point from the business premises. With the Tachyon Node service providers are able to install active equipment closer to the end user, thereby reducing fibre connectivity costs. These cost savings are then passed onto the end user.
“With the Tachyon Node, ISPs reduce capital expenditure as they do not need to establish their own facilities to access the fibre network,” adds van Loggerenberg. “End-user businesses benefit from using the DFA network as they can draw on services from various ISPs which stimulates healthy competition in the market and ultimately drives down costs for the end user.”
By bringing FTTB to KwaZulu Natal, businesses in the area will be able to access a range of services that would further reduce costs and improve efficiencies. Cloud computing and voice over IP are two solutions that are made a reality with high speed broadband connectivity.DFA pro-actively rolls out fibre links from the aggregation node to the end-user premises in dense business areas across the country. The company plans to set up 111 of these nodes across the country, from large metropolitan areas to rural areas such as Ermelo, Witbank and Empangeni.
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.