Vox plans long distance fibre project

14 October 2016

Telecoms

Most of the players have focused their fibre efforts on the large metros targeting the higher income groups, says Jacques du Toit, CEO of Vox.

Most of the players have focused their fibre efforts on the large metros targeting the higher income groups, says Jacques du Toit, CEO of Vox.

Integrated ICT and telecommunications provider, Vox is planning to roll out high speed connectivity beyond the metropolitan cities, in what it calls a national long distance fibre project.

In a statement this morning, the company said its first stop will be Richards Bay, situated halfway between Durban and Kosi Bay.

"Most of the players have focused their fibre efforts on the large metros – Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban – targeting the higher income groups," says Jacques du Toit, CEO of Vox. "What they are forgetting are the smaller towns that support a big part of the economic growth, and GDP for the country."

The Vox-led long distance fibre project will take high-speed fibre, and wireless connectivity to the Eastern belt of the country, extending from Witbank through Middelburg, Secunda, Ermelo, Piet Retief, Paulpietersburg; Melmoth, Empangeni, Richards Bay and Ballito.

"There are still some economic factors to consider, and it isn't immediately possible to deploy fibre in every single one of these towns. We know the backhaul will improve the overall connectivity experience, but fibre will only be feasible, for now, in Witbank, Middelburg, Empangeni and Richards Bay," adds Du Toit.

For the other towns along the eastbound leg of the country, he notes that Vox will deploy wireless links via a high-capacity backhaul and change their connectivity experience for the better.

"We have spoken to residents who have told us that their Internet services are limited to basic Web site searches and social media applications. No YouTube, Netflix or ShowMax, in fact no OTT offerings available at all.

"Suddenly, the towns on this route will go from best effort basic services, to having the capability to leverage ERP and CRM in the cloud, in fact, just about any cloud-based solutions or services. These tools and technologies will not only improve connectivity, but will impact education, business efficiencies and service delivery," Du Toit says.

Although this is a Vox-led initiative, and the network will be built and deployed by Frogfoot Networks, it will be open access allowing customers freedom of choice. The company will launch its own connectivity packages supporting the customer services requirements of businesses in the towns.

Source: ITWeb 7 October 2016