http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.18Change: -0.04
R/$ = 12.12Change: 0.03
Au 1181.24 $/ozChange: 5.04
Pt 1123.00 $/ozChange: 0.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Jan 15, 2009

MTN, Neotel team up to build R2bn fibre-optics cable

Back
Construction|Engineering|Port|Africa|Cable|PROJECT|Project Management|Resources|System|Africa|Service|Infrastructure|Cable|Cables
Construction|Engineering|Port|Africa|Cable|PROJECT|Project Management|Resources|System|Africa|Service|Infrastructure|Cable|Cables
construction|engineering|port|africa-company|cable|project|project-management|resources|system|africa|service|infrastructure|cable-product|cables
© Reuse this



Telecommunications companies Neotel and MTN South Africa would collaborate to install a 5 000-km fibre-optics cable, to service South Africa’s major cities, the two firms announced on Thursday.

The cable would be fully installed within the next two years, and would cost between R1,7-billion and R2-billion.

MTN South Africa MD Tim Lowry said that this was a landmark agreement and was the largest collaboration in the South African telecommunications industry to date.

“This is a complex project, and pooling our engineering resources and our project management resources makes sense.”

The two-year project’s costs would be equally shared between MTN and Neotel. Lowry estimated that by combining the two companies’ resources, each company would be saving between R400-million and R500-million.

The project would be divided into several phases, with the first phase offering connectivity between Johannesburg and Durban, and eventually linking up to Richards Bay where the East African Submarine Cable System (Eassy) and Seacom will be landed.

The first phase was likely to take about seven months to complete, and would cost an estimated R200-million. Construction for this phase would start in the first week of March, with the completion date scheduled before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Other phases would link Durban with Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth with Cape Town, Ladysmith with Polokwane, and Polokwane with Pretoria.

Lowry said that besides reducing reliance on fixed-line telecoms operator Telkom, which had been experiencing difficulties with meeting demand, the collaboration and eventual infrastructure would reduce operating costs for MTN by an estimated R200-million.

The infrastructure would also allow Neotel to operate with a measure of redundancy for its existing network and would connect the company with the Eassy and Seacom cables.

An engineer for Neotel said that the companies would collaborate in digging the trenches, but that each company would have its own individual fibre-optics cable and hardware to connect to the cable. The capacity of the fibre optics would also be unlimited, but the availability of that capacity would be determined by the hardware applied.

Lowry and Neotel MD and CEO Ajay Pandey agreed that the introduction of the new infrastructure was likely to bring down the costs of connectivity, and would offer the two companies the chance to become self-sufficient.

Edited by: Mariaan Webb
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other ICT News
Competition in South Africa’s mobile market is starting to ease, global ratings firm Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) Paris-based telecoms and technology director for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region Mark Habib said this week. Speaking to Engineering News Online...
Information and communications technology (ICT) distributor DCC is making Windows- and Android-operating systems tablets available through retailers and education equipment suppliers to provide school children with affordable, high-performance education tools. The...
JOSE DOS SANTOS Gated communities and high-density residential areas with a large demand for high-speed data would be priority areas
South Africa's third-largest mobile operator Cell C will invest R8-billion over the next three years to roll out long-term evolution (LTE) infrastructure for targeted customers across the country.
More
 
 
Latest News
South African mining and energy adviser Ted Blom has raised a litany of concerns about the state of power utility Eskom and has warned of runaway costs and shortfalls in coal and water, as well as rail capacity. Blom was surprised by the recent buoyancy shown by...
JSE-listed Astrapak will sell specialised packaging systems manufacturer Knilam to Mapflex SA for R17.7-million. The proceeds would be used to reduce Astrapak’s current level of gearing.
The last of the 26 mooring units comprising the Port of Ngqura’s automated mooring system (AMS) have arrived at the port and are expected to improve port efficiency and safety, further driving the Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) objective of establishing...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel
Forest products group Sappi has confirmed the selection of its 25 MW biomass-to-power project, to be erected at its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, as a preferred bidder under the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement...
Information and communications technology (ICT) distributor DCC is making Windows- and Android-operating systems tablets available through retailers and education equipment suppliers to provide school children with affordable, high-performance education tools. The...
Another cement manufacturer is set to enter the Ugandan market, raising hopes that prices will come down and spur growth in the construction industry. National Cement, a Kenyan manufacturer, has unveiled plans to invest $195-million in a new manufacturing plant in...
With growth rates exceeding that in the developed world – at an average of between 4% and 5% between 2002 and 2014 – African countries provide investors with ample reason to tap into booming consumer demand says Manufacturing Circle executive director Coenraad...
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Business Confidence Index (BCI) decreased by 3.7 index points month-on-month to 89.1 in March.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96