FibreCo to deploy Corning optical fibre in South Africa

aleske_fibreCorning optical fibre has the lowest signal loss. (Image source: Aleske/Flickr)South African open-access network provider FibreCo Telecommunications will use Corning optical fibre in its new high-speed, long-distance fiber optic network

The cable will contain both Corning and LEAF optical fibers. The first phase of FibreCo’s construction began with a 2,000km link between Johannesburg and Cape Town connecting Bloemfontein, East London and Port Elizabeth.

Subsequent phases of the project will see additional routes being built to enhance network redundancy and resilience. The cable will cover a total distance of 12,000km.

FibreCo chief executive officer Arif Hussain said, “Many submarine optical cables now connect South Africa to the rest of the world and a significant increase in terrestrial fibre capacity supply is required.

“Our network will provide the necessary high-speed capacity in South Africa as well as the ability for our customers to easily upgrade their networks to higher data rates without the need to re-install fibre.”

Corning worldwide marketing division vice-president and director Barry Linchuck said, “Corning and LEAF optical fibres have the lowest signal loss in their respective categories.

“Use of these products will help FibreCo to upgrade to even higher data rates as their customers demand new services.”

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