Kroonstad, the third largest town in South Africa's Free State province, is set to benefit from the roll-out of fibre broadband connectivity. This is because FibreCo Telecommunications is in the process of rolling out fibre infrastructure in the town as part of its 4,000 km national fibre route between Johannesburg and Cape Town.
The FibreCo Kroonstad connectivity project is the first in FibreCo’s town connectivity strategy which plans to connect many more towns along its national fibre route.
"Only 5,4% of households in the Free State province have access to the Internet at home, while only 9,9% have access at their workplaces."
“FibreCo’s open access model in Kroonstad allows any number of service providers and operators to buy connectivity without the large capital outlay, making it significantly more affordable than if they were to build the infrastructure themselves,” said Simon Harvey, CEO at FibreCo.
According to Statistics South Africa's General Household Survey of 2016, has revealed that only 5,4% of households in the Free State province have access to the Internet at home, while only 9,9% have access at their workplaces.
As part of its open access wholesale model, FibreCo will be working with Access Global Communication as its first ISP partner in Kroonstad to deliver high-speed fibre broadband services in the town. FibreCo has also installed a fixed fibre node at the Moqhaka Municipality, making it the first Free State municipality with its own dedicated 1Gbps ready fixed connectivity node.
“It is a great honor to be the first ISP associated with FibreCo in Kroonstad. We are driven to maintain client satisfaction with all our products and services. We strive to ensure that all our clients are treated with integrity while being efficiently and effectively serviced.” said Hennie Roets, Executive Director at Access Global Communication.
The South African government's National Development Plan (NDP); e-Services Strategy highlights provisioning of high-speed broadband services to underserviced areas as part of the government's SA Connect Policy. As such, the roll=out of fibre infrastructure by FibreCo in Kroonstad could go a long way to contributing to socio-economic developmental areas such as e-learning and e-health through working with provincial and municipal partners to connect them to the FibreCo network.
However, all this will depend on how affordable this broadband connectivity will be to the average and poorer citizens of Kroonstad.
Cover image credit: Nederduitse Gereformeerde Mother Church, Church Square, Kroonstad. Wikimedia Commons