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Point to ponder for the advocates of fiber to the home

From where I stand there is little doubt that the access network will be wireless, except perhaps in high-density housing in cities. But we have so many people going on about the necessity of fiber to the home, even from within government. But I never hear them talk about the need to liberalize the permission process for trenching in city streets.

“One of the biggest issues within the market today is the movement of bandwidth – there are no routes available for fibre and companies in the business are really doing their own thing. In Cape Town there is a law now which dictates that trenches can only be opened once, and this is very difficult for a competing business. It is not practical, because everybody wants to have the edge on delivering a unique service and with this it is not possible. Fibre is still very expensive and does not suit all business models,” van Rensburg explains. -

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