Make no mistake: the internet has become a basic human resource. South African legislation agrees and since the Electronic Communications Act (ECA) was signed into law in 2005, telecoms companies can provide internet to consumers in both public and private spaces.
At Link Africa, we have installed fibre in South Africa’s underground network of sewers and storm drains, successfully engaging local government on the issue and using the public the domain for the greater good of internet penetration in the country. But the private domain is also within our coverage, and we’re proud to be participating in an industry where competition is encouraged and where the end consumer ultimately has healthy choices to make.
The emergence of fibre in South Africa is cause for celebration, as the ultra-fast fibre optic cables transmit data exponentially faster than ADSL copper.
But, by the same token, what good is the innovation if it’s only accessible to South Africa’s elite?
To address this concern, Link Africa has teamed up with Vast – an open-access WiFi provider with hotspots throughout the country – to take fibre to South Africa’s underprivileged township communities, as well as extending fibre’s reach to public areas, like shopping centres, libraries and taxi ranks.
We believe this project will significantly improve the lives of township residents and will enrich public spaces in the country.