Dear Moot resident. Our movement is all about the replacement of existing ADSL infrastructure. It is proven that ADSL is not a long term viable solution for high speed internet access in the Moot. Current infrastructure is old and outdated and can’t support future development of our country’s economy.
Internet connectivity has become a central part of our daily lives, whether it be used for business or recreational purposes. In either case the demand for higher speeds and better reliability has become apparent in recent years.
A revolution has begun in 2014 when companies like Telkom, MTN and Vodacom had to begin competing with newcomers like Vumatel, Smartvillage, Frogfoot and the like for a spot in the very young FTTH (Fibre to the home) market in South Africa. Since then the industry has boomed, countless implementations are under way and already completed. The technology is proven and reliable beyond any expectations.
It is unfortunate however that these companies will only implement their infrastructure in wealthy areas where it is easier to convince clients to take up their offers. However, should we be able to show by means of this form that there are enough people willing to subscribe to FTTH services, they will certainly listen and invest. Having said that, it doesn’t mean that we have to settle for services from outside companies. There are already various new ISP’s rooted in the Moot who are ready to roll out their services.
Why local ISP’s? Well, because they are exactly that, local. Supporting local ISP’s will mean that the revenue from the services will go into the local economy which will create new job opportunities for people who reside in the Moot. With that comes several benefits such as lower expenses, less traffic and a network run by people in the community who will ultimately adjust their service offerings according to the community’s demands. This will allow for a more affordable and flexible service.
Costs of FTTH will align roughly with that of current ADSL services. The network will operate similar to an ADSL network which means that a person/household will rent a Fibre line from the service provider and will then have the option of a voice line (you can port your Telkom number), as well as choose to make use of the service provider’s available data services or to buy a service from another ISP of choice such as Afrihost, MWEB, WebAfrica etc.
If you want to make the switch from ADSL to Fibre then we need you to fill in this form. It is crucial that we know how many households there are in each suburb that wants to subscribe to an FTTH service. This will help to negotiate with the ISPs as well as to plan our rollout strategy in terms of which areas to connect first etc.
It is important to keep in mind that the more households there are in a suburb that wants to subscribe the faster the rollout will be. This will also assist the ISPs in lowering the cost to customer for installation. Fibre optic cables are very cheap but the installation of infrastructure is expensive. If there’s only one house in a street who is interested, then it won’t make sense to dig up the whole street to only connect one home.
If you want high speed fibre internet then please complete this form and then share it amongst your family and friends who live in the Moot.