Local open-access fibre infrastructure provider, Conduct Telecommunications, will at no cost to the landlord connect business premises to the country’s backbone fibre infrastructure.
The company plans to expand its current footprint to 100 business precincts across the country, making it possible for businesses to connect to the high-speed communications networks of service providers.
Conduct Telecommunications CEO Johan Pretorius says landlords who take the opportunity to have their premises connected with fibre, certainly gain a competitive advantage.
“It is open access which means any service provider may make use of the fibre. This not only helps drive down prices through competition, it eliminates disruption to the premises by reducing the duplication of construction.”
Pretorius says there is no installation cost nor is there any obligation for any occupant to use the fibre.
“Broadband is an essential utility for any business premises. Once the fibre is deployed to the premises, the tenants may source the best broadband services directly from any service provider, whenever they choose so. Ultimately it is this capability that adds value to the properties.”
Conduct will build on risk in commercial areas in an effort to saturate each of the premises. This creates new potential clients for service providers who can now offer broadband services in areas that were previously not available to them.
“Connectivity and access to fast affordable broadband is becoming a key requirement when choosing a business premises,” says Pretorius.
An open-access network provides access to all service providers on similar terms and occupants are therefore free to choose the best service offerings by any service provider. Optical fibre offers as a medium almost limitless bandwidth capabilities, has excellent reliability and offers occupants the possibility of fast, world-class services.
He says service providers utilise their open-access network to supply anywhere between 2Mbps and 1Gbps connections to businesses.
“They have access to the fibre on equal terms, they now compete on quality, cost and type of services they offer and this gives end-users choice.
“The open-access model removes the prohibitive access build costs associated with providing fibre to the premises. The logical separation of infrastructure and services create capital efficiencies by effectively sharing the cost among service providers. This ultimately helps drive down the price,” he concludes.
Conduct has already several hundred commercial premises in Johannesburg connected to fibre, in areas such as Hyde Park, Rosebank, Chislehurston, Illovo, Sandton, Bryanston and Rivonia.
New fibre roll-outs and expansions are also planned for Bryanston, Parktown, Rivonia, Randburg, Rosebank, Sunninghill and Woodmead. Projects are also underway in Cape Town.