Open Access Network

SADV OPEN ACCESS ROLLOUT

April 25, 2016

Following the announcement that DFA has acquired a significant minority stake in SADV, we will leverage DFA’s national network to build and offer open access FTTH connectivity services to ISPs, enabling them to deliver a range of ISP and value-added services to consumers, while at the same time providing consumers with choice and the benefits associated with service-based competition.

We are excited to confirm that we have embarked on the process of “On boarding” the first ISP’s who will participate in this Open Access initiative on our network.

We hereby confirm that we are in the process of finalising our agreements with Vodacom while, together with DFA, are in discussion with a number of other ISP’s, which currently include Mweb and Cell C.

We will be making further announcements shortly as we expand this list.

Please do not hesitate to make contact with us should you have any questions with regard to the above.

DFA acquires a significant minority stake in SA Digital Villages (SADV)

We are excited to announce that DFA has acquired a significant minority stake in SA Digital Villages (SADV). The transaction, which comes into effect as from 1st April 2016, will see SADV reposition itself as a wholesale open access FTTH service provider in the South African market.

SADV will leverage DFA’s national network to build and offer open access FTTH connectivity services to ISPs, enabling them to deliver a range of ISP and value-added services to consumers, while at the same time providing consumers with choice and the benefits associated with service-based competition.
Importantly, the signed agreement will see both organisations operating as separate entities, where employee job roles continue unaffected.

According to Reshaad Sha, Chief Strategy Officer at DFA, “We chose SADV for their extensive experience and proven capabilities in FTTH. DFA through SADV will focus its efforts in the FTTH market to deliver open access high speed connectivity to our service provider customer base.”

Shaun Barkhuizen, SADV’s CEO, believes that “The provision of an open access wholesale solution will address the issue of duplicate fibre deployment, which we are currently experiencing as multiple service providers race to grab the most lucrative areas. Collaboration is the solution to ensure nationwide high speed connectivity as a utility and not a luxury.” I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our customers and staff that have been on this journey with us to date, for the contribution you have made towards making SADV the success that it is today, and would like to invite you to join me on an even more exciting journey as we accelerate the build out of FTTH across South Africa.

More about DFA
DFA is the owner of a carrier-neutral dark fibre infrastructure for the transmission of primarily metro telecommunications traffic. DFA leases secure transmission and backbone fibre infrastructure to telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, media conglomerates, tertiary education institutions, municipalities, government organizations, and other businesses, large and small, on equal terms. With over 9000 KM of route infrastructure, DFA is the leading provider of wholesale open access fibre infrastructure in South Africa.

SA Digital Villages has built and will continue to build a carrier-grade fibre optic network geared towards providing core infrastructure fibre networking for Tier 1 Internet Service Providers (ISP’s).

We deploy last mile fibre optic infrastructure, allowing service providers open access to this network, enabling them to provide services to end users on our network. This in turn provides the end-user with a variety of choice of Internet Service Providers and services.

The open access network strategy is about creating equal opportunity for service providers to apply for access to our fibre optic network and offer their services to end users.

If you are an ISP and would like more information on our open access network service offering, kindly contact us here

Benefits

  • We fund roll-outs so that business, ISP, mobile network provider, and municipal clients don’t have to carry the cost or planning burden.
  • We continuously modify and adapt our infrastructure to suit clients’ evolving needs, eliminating the cost of employing network designers or project managers.
  • Because we manage and maintain networks, clients don’t need to employ or train support and maintenance staff.
  • Economies of scale increasingly benefit all clients sharing this costly infrastructure.
  • More service providers and improved communications infrastructure mean more investment and economic growth for South Africa.