Link Africa, a leading fibre-optic infrastructure company, has reported an increase in its market share in the fibre-to-the-tower (FTTT) and fibre-to-the-business (FTTB) segments following the sale of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) business to MetroFibre.
The strategic move has allowed Link Africa to focus on growing its presence in the FTTT and FTTB verticals.
Since the acquisition, Link Africa has strengthened its partnerships with internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile network operators (MNOs) to accelerate its network expansion across the country.
The company has expanded its coverage to every province in South Africa, including shopping centres and malls, enabling the delivery of high-speed fibre services to businesses that previously relied on slower copper-based connections.
Link Africa’s patented infrastructure deployment method has attracted numerous MNOs, who utilize the FTTT infrastructure to enhance bandwidth for their existing and new customers.
The company’s acquisition of ISP Internet Solutions’ fibre assets in 2019 further extended its reach, making it one of South Africa’s largest fibre network providers.
In addition to expanding its reach and revenue streams, Link Africa is actively supporting an MNO’s 5G strategy and has secured contracts with large landlords to improve communication services and reduce costs within their portfolios. The company is currently upgrading its core switching infrastructure to 100Gbps to meet increasing demand.
Despite major cities being well covered by large fibre network operators, Link Africa recognizes the under-served nature of remote areas in South Africa.
To address this, the company is seeking new partnerships to extend its deployment routes into previously underserved areas. However, the challenge lies in the cost of protecting the network infrastructure in peri-urban and rural areas, with Link Africa spending millions annually on private security to prevent vandalism and destruction of the networks.
Unfortunately, the company’s teams often face attacks and threats while laying or fixing fibre, as the cables are sometimes mistaken for copper by the community.
This unique challenge highlights the need for increased awareness and education on the benefits and importance of fibre-optic infrastructure in South Africa.