Already in the year 2000, Western Europe and North America were enjoying the benefits of a well developed Fibre infrastructure, while here in South Africa, and much later, in 2007 to be exact, we were struggling with city and town permissions for digging and trenching, which proved a stumbling block of years.
In 2015, South African broadband costs were 10 times higher than in the United Kingdom, and their speed was five times faster.
But right now, we are covering ground, literally, and most of our metropolitan areas have access to this means of connectivity.
Fibre coverage in South Africa
The government plans to have Fibre-optic cables throughout South Africa by the year 2020, providing internet access to all homes by 2030, but that may be a tad idealistic because it’s a slow and expensive exercise.
To replace all copper with Fibre-optic cables means a rough estimated cost of R60 billion.
Due to cost, the first areas to receive Fibre coverage were in the more affluent locations, where people could afford it. As it is rolled out further, and more homes and businesses install it, it will become cheaper so that eventually, even our rural communities will be able to access fast internet via these optic cables.