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South Africa: Dark Fibre Africa (DFA)’s Network Expands To 11,190-Km

Dark Fibre Africa (DFA)’s metropolitan and long-haul fibre optic network in South Africa reached 11,190-km by September 2018, according to parent company Remgro/ CIV Holdings. This compared to 10,554-km by March 2018, 9,854-km by March 2017, 9,144-km by March 2016, 8,353-km in March 2015 and 5,251-km in March 2012 (see also South Africa: Dark Fibre Africa (DFA)’s Fibre Network Reaches 10,554-Km). DFA began rolling out its network in October 2007, building fibre rings in metropolitan areas, selected long-haul routes, fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and fibre-to-the-business (FTTB) networks. The operator owns fibre network rings in the major metropolitan centres of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Midrand, Centurion and Pretoria and has expanded to a further 21 smaller metros, including East London, Polokwane, Tlokwe, Emalahleni and George. The long-haul network connects the major metropolitan centres to submarine cable landing points at Mtunzini (SEACOM and EASSy), Melkbosstrand (SAT-3) and Yzerfontein (WACS). During June 2018, the CIV group acquired a 34.9% stake of the FTTH operator Vumatel. Vumatel’s FTTH network spans over 8,000-km over a residential footprint, according to Remgro’s 2018 annual report, which it leases to Internet service providers (ISPs) which sell Internet products to the consumer.

Source: Remgro

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