Local open access dark fibre infrastructure provider, Dark Fibre Africa (DFA), has been awarded the prestigious ‘Backhaul Provider of the Year 2013’ at the recent SatCom Awards.
SatCom 2013, Africa’s satellite, telecommunications and broadcast expo, was held at Sandton Convention Centre recently. It is an event where Africa’s satellite and telecommunications community meets to discuss their capacity and connectivity challenges, as well as to look at new opportunities and new solutions.
DFA achieved first place in the category ‘Backhaul Provider of the Year 2013’. The criteria used for judging the category was based on innovation in providing capacity to clients, quality of service, coverage to clients and innovation to respond to market demands.
DFA’s entry was based on building the country’s only diverse fibre optic link from Yzerfontein to its own networks’ interconnect site in Plattekloof, Cape Town. This link, which was built in record time, connected South Africa to the new 14 000 kilometre West Africa Cable System (WACS) in order to accelerate access to broadband in South Africa.
The Company’s CEO Gustav Smit thanked all DFA customers and staff for their support over the past 5.5 years. “The solution provided by DFA at the Yzerfontein landing station proves that DFA is a company that is committed to innovative, quality driven, customer focused solutions for our customers and partners. Qualities which are ingrained in the DFA value system.”