Residents of the Johannesburg suburb of Parkhurst have issued a tender for the provision of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services in the neighbourhood to telecom companies.
The Parkhurst Residents and Business Owners Association (PRABOA) held an “almost unanimous” vote last week, with over 150 residents voting in favour of the intiative, with the association saying a number of operators had already expressed interest in the project.
Last week’s meeting saw the presentation of a survey which found 67 per cent of residents would be willing to spend ZAR750 (US$72) or more each month on fibre connectivity.
“We have already had several proposals from key telecommunications players and we’re excited that Parkhurst is seen as a viable FTTH project,” said resident Ryan Hawthorne, who presented the survey.
“For a number of years Parkhurst has suffered from unreliable and slow ADSL due to our distance from the closest Telkom exchange. What we are looking for is a reliable network operator who will be able to address the community’s need.”
Image courtesy of Shutterstock.