When an ISP is less than three years old, you can expect teething problems, but they often make their customers pay for it.
Founded in 2006, giving them 12 years experience, BitCo is South Africa’s is one of the most efficient national telecommunications service providers and continues to be at the forefront in business connectivity and telecoms service delivery. The difference is in their network strategy: an unequalled, continual investment in Fibre optic and wireless last mile network which spans across the nation.
In its twelve years of existence, BitCo has continually expanded its network and is now available to thousands of home and business locations across South Africa.
Always slightly ahead of the pack due to forward-thinking and it’s innovation culture, BitCo works with the notion that superfast internet is a business necessity and has therefore put in place an infrastructure that currently delivers internet access speeds of up to 1 Gigabyte per second (Gbps), with the capacity to reach 30 – 40 multiples of that speed in the future.
Key differentiation factor
More importantly, BitCo’s entire infrastructure is privately self-funded. (What this means for their business clients is state-of-the-art internet connectivity across the board, and a personalised, benchmark service experience.)
Broadband connectivity is present in South Africa’s major cities including Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth. Other less popular cities such as Bloemfontein, Richards Bay, Polokwane etc. are also connected in certain areas
Remarkably, BitCo’s expansive capability is one of its greatest strengths which undoubtedly gives it an edge over its competitors. Consequently, network expansion goes on by the day and in no distant future will be available nationwide.
BitCo’s expansion strategy
How has BitCo managed to expand so widely? Let’s take a look:
Drastic network expansion & innovation
Expanding Fibre coverage and wireless network technology has ensured BitCo’s rapid expansion since 2006.
BitCo commits larger funding annually into expanding its network infrastructure, in line with its vision of delivering world-class Fibre connections across South Africa.
Though capital intensive, the optical Fibre is the world’s fastest and most efficient network technology at present. Made from glass, the Fibre transmits data at blistering high speeds and is not susceptible to electromagnetic interference. Therefore, accelerated Fibre coverage has been at the heart of BitCo’s network expansion strategy.
A second feature that makes a Fibre network easier to expand is its structure. Fibre pipes typically contain hundreds of Fibre strands, and even when they are exhausted, more strands can be easily added without having to dig up the floor along the pipes’ path.
For regions where Fibre coverage is still absent, wireless technology is temporarily deployed to offer connectivity pending Fibre installation.
BitCo has mapped out core regions and areas of strategic interest such that businesses and corporations are within its network coverage area.
Also, a program that partners with other smaller businesses stretches its reach. A lot of participants in the country’s ICT value chain such as ISPs, PBX vendors and telephony suppliers can tap into BitCo’s network via this initiative.
Companies who partner with BitCo can be wholesalers, resellers or agents, a development which has seen BitCo services available to a wider range of individuals and businesses.