Creating a Central Repository for all Fibre in Sub-Saharan Africa
Uptake is a critical component of achieving ROI. But how is the end user supposed to know where the fibre is?
Creating a fibre map has multiple benefits. Not only will it support operators to advertise their routes and stimulate uptake, it will also support government in identifying underserved areas and adjust their strategies to accommodate. It also limits duplication and allows for better co-operation within the industry.
The intention of the FTTX Council Africa to develop a single fibre map that end users can access has obvious benefits.
Across Africa governments have come to realise that private sector will service the needs of business and areas where they can achieve a return on their investment. However, in order to ensure ubiquitous access, governments realise that they need to focus on under-serviced areas. This is easier said than done. In an attempt to do so one has to be able to identify these areas. However, an aerial view of a fully populated fibre map will easily identify such areas.
Conversely, for the private sector uptake is critical to ensure that ROI’s are achieved and further investment in networks can be made. The single biggest obstacle to uptake is the lack of end user awareness of where the fibre rings are located. Once again, a single map showing all the access fibre networks will allow end users to easily identify whether their business park or street has a fibre connection.
With this in mind the FTTX Council Africa has developed a logo – Fibre Friendly Facility – for use by all companies that have a fibre connection to a building.