FibreCo Telecommunications is set to roll out a 12,000km, open access fibre network in South Africa. The new company is a joint project funded by Cell C, Internet Solutions and Convergence Partners, a BEE investment management and advisory firm focused on the telecommunications, media and technology sector. Cell C's mobile network will provide the platform for the co-location of optical transmission equipment at base stations and wireless access for FibreCo's customers.
Through Internet Solutions, FibreCo has access to capabilities in the delivery of value-added networking services in the enterprise market, including facilities for the hosting of its customers optical termination equipment in urban centres. Convergence Partners contributes expertise in the development and financial structuring of large scale telecommunications infrastructure projects. Construction of the long-haul network will follow a three-phase approach. The initial phase will focus on rolling out a 4,500km redundant core ring linking Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban to international cable landing stations within two years. FibreCo is based in Johannesburg, with a management team headed by Arif Hussain.