http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.61Change: -0.04
R/$ = 12.29Change: -0.04
Au 1164.64 $/ozChange: -7.12
Pt 1082.00 $/ozChange: -6.50
 
 
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  
 
 
Apr 06, 2012

Services demand to drive fibre optics roll-out

Back
Cairo|Construction|Lagos|Africa|Cable|Copper|Education|Pipes|PROJECT|Resources|Telkom|Trenchless Technologies|Water|Wireless|Africa|Egypt|Nigeria|South Africa|Fibre-optic Networks|Network Operator|Pipes|Public Services|Service|Services|Speed Telecommunications Infrastructure|Telecommunications Infrastructure|Utility Infrastructure|Drilling|Infrastructure|Sam Efrat|Water|Cable|Cables|Broadband|Fibre Optic|High-speed Internet
Construction||Africa|Cable|Copper|Education|Pipes|PROJECT|Resources|Water|Wireless|Africa||Pipes|Service|Services||Drilling|Infrastructure|Water|Cable|Cables|
cairo|construction|lagos|africa-company|cable|copper|education-company|pipes|project|resources|telkom|trenchless-technologies|water-company|wireless|africa|egypt|nigeria|south-africa|fibreoptic-networks|network-operator|pipes-industry-term|public-services|service|services|speed-telecommunications-infrastructure|telecommunications-infrastructure|utility-infrastructure|drilling|infrastructure|sam-efrat|water|cable-product|cables|broadband|fibre-optic|highspeed-internet
© Reuse this



Demand for commercial and public services will increase the roll-out of fibre-optic cables throughout urban areas and between cities, says subsurface pipeline company Trenchless Technologies managing member Sam Efrat.

“There is continued impetus to connect commercial centres to each other and to connect important branches and resources of companies to their own networks using fibre optics. Further, companies and governments are starting to realise that it is important to share critical resources, such as high-speed telecommuni- cations infrastructure, for future growth,” he says.

Africa, though, will continue to see the growth and expansion of both wireless and mobile technologies to supply last-mile connectivity to most people. However, in developed and urban areas, where people and companies are concentrated, demand for high-speed broadband connectivity will increase the demand for fixed line, or fibre-optic, services, he says.

He cites the examples of Cairo, in Egypt, and Lagos, in Nigeria, where trenchless pipeline construction techniques have been used to install telecommunications infrastructure and utility infrastructure, such as water and sewer pipes, in dense urban areas where trenches would cause too much disruption.

Further, the number of users, as well as economies of scale, in dense urban areas is needed to jump-start demand and, thus, improve the commercial reasons for installing high-speed telecommunications infrastructure.

The roll-out of long-haul fibre-optic links between cities and commercial centres is continuing steadily, says Efrat, adding that it is impossible to network the last-mile using fibre optics because the capital outlay is too large at present. This is where the use of existing copper cables, operated by JSE-listed network operator Telkom, will become important.

“Many companies have developed their own fibre-optic networks [in anticipation of] the unbundling of the local loop, or last mile, which will enable them to provide services directly to individuals and companies.

“However, the longer Telkom waits to unbundle the local loop, the less impact it will have because data speeds will increase to where copper cables will no longer be useful. This will create the impetus for companies to install fibre connections to the home and for the use of new technologies and services. Also, the lack of local loop accessibility is reducing South Africa’s potential growth and general competitiveness.”

Further, the use of networks in urban environs will depend on their reliability and effectiveness, increasing the commercial reasons to swiftly unbundle the local loop, because good networks must be laid out to provide the services and speeds demanded, notes Efrat.

Meanwhile, the future potential for trenchless construction techniques will come from last-mile connectivity where, after fibre-optic ring networks around cities have been built, fibre-optic connections to homes will provide high-speed Internet connectivity and telephone services with the least excavation.

“Directional drilling is one method of connecting the network to the home with the least excavation, because one only has to excavate the launching area, and then expose the cable at certain points along the way, such as at manholes from where cables can be laid to a number of homes, and so that operators can maintain the cables, from these manhole access points.”

Trenchless Technologies generates between 20% and 30% of its turnover from directional drilling, but foresees this increasing to 50%, owing to demand for fibre-optic installations.

“We project that the fibre-optic market will double in size every three years and will be an integral part of future communications. Further, the end point use of fibre-optic networks will be in the form of wireless and handheld devices, which means that the potential uptake of these networks, and copper-cable networks when the local loop is unbundled, will be far broader. Wireless end-point connectivity can also be applied in education, at schools and business, as well as for critical response services, such as emergency medical services and the police.

“Effective and efficient networks can also be used to set up public service kiosks in different areas where people can interact with the government, pay for services and access disparate government department functions from a single location,” he explains.

Meanwhile, as the Internet becomes more refined, a myriad of commercial and governmental services that have not been developed yet will emerge and take precedent, he notes.

“It is important to realise that the more shared resources and resultant sharing we have, the more services we will effectively be able to offer. Service provision the world over is one of the biggest employers, but most large companies require high-quality internal and external communication, making the network a valuable asset that impacts on companies beyond their profitability.”

A strong fibre backbone will provide significant potential for social upliftment. The ability to provide Internet accessibility to a large part of the population will impact on a country’s ability to educate, connect, service and grow in ways not yet even conceived of, he enthuses.

“Further, fibre-optic cables are futureproof, providing sufficient data capacity for the foreseeable future,” he concludes.

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Construction News
Updated 1 hour 44 minutes ago Noting that it continues to secure “quality” projects locally as well as in other African building markets, construction major Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) closed the financial year ended June 30 in line with expectations, with an order book of R38.13-million, it...
Updated 3 hours ago The V&A Waterfront, which has been awarded the right to finance, design, build and operate, for 20 years, the Cape Town cruise-liner terminal, expects the redevelopment of the terminal to be completed by December 2017. The terminal upgrade makes up the first phase of...
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 1 hour 14 minutes ago The Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) reserved judgment on Thursday in a complaint by eight publishers against the South African Post Office (SAPO). CCC chairperson JCW (Jacobus) van Rooyen...
Updated 1 hour 18 minutes ago Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies says a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Eastern Cape provincial government and dairy products manufacturer Nestlé South Africa on Thursday would create 800 permanent...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book comprises separate reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Water 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
JSE-listed Afrimat will make a cash offer to acquire the entire remaining issued share capital of subsidiary Infrasors that it does not already own.
TEAMWORK Aggreko Europe, Middle East & Africa MD David Taylor-Smith; Aggreko Zambia chairperson Dr. Sixtus Mulenga; Aggreko Africa MD James Shepherd
Temporary power generation services provider Aggreko announced earlier this month that it had appointed Dr Sixtus Mulenga as nonexecutive chairperson of Aggreko Zambia, a move it believed was integral to the ongoing expansion of its operations in Zambia and the rest...
Major global aircraft manufacturer Airbus Commercial Aircraft is maintaining a steady course. "I don't have any big news, good or bad," company President and CEO Fabrice Brégier told international aviation journalists in Toulouse, France, at the company’s recent...
MEASURING DEVICES Bosch has released a mobile app that enables the measurements made with measuring devices to be sent and used directly on the app for accuracy and on-site quoting
Industrial tool manufacturer Bosch has increased the compatibility of many batteries in its range of blue industrial power tools and has released mobile-device applications (apps) for users of the tools, says Bosch South Africa training manager Peter du Bruyn. Many...
The new Nissan Navara has been launched onto the global market, but Nissan South Africa (NSA) will only know in August whether the local Rosslyn plant will assemble the one-ton pickup. The NSA plant currently produces the old NP300 Hardbody one-ton bakkie, as well as...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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