Advice and Opinion

Fibre should be installed at development stage, says OTEL

Network, Connectivity Generic

High-speed fibre optic broadband access is increasingly viewed as a basic amenity by property buyers and should be included in development plans as early as possible.

That’s according to independent telecommunications provider, OTEL, which says it’s far cheaper for property developers to install fibre at the same time as plumbing and electrical conduits.

“Installing fibre-based broadband Internet at the earliest possible stage in a new development means the cost can be built into the levies. The property owner can then receive passive annuity income as soon as the first owner or tenant moves in,” explained Rad Jankovic, CEO of OTEL.

Internet access delivered via fibre optic cable is forever changing the working and leisure lives of residents in new property developments across South Africa for the better. With a 30% uptake from new development residents, OTEL is able to deliver uncapped fibre Internet from as little as R599 per month.

“Joining the rewarding world of unlimited high-speed Internet for under six hundred Rand a month helps residents reduce their household expenses. Satellite TV, for example, becomes expensive old technology as uncapped high-speed Internet means streaming video becomes accessible,” Mr Jankovic said.

OTEL is a well-known independent telecoms operator with a solid history of providing access to world-leading Internet services in local residential and business communities across South Africa.

Fibre installed at the basic amenities stage is finding growing favour with property developers, says Mr Jankovic. It is environmentally-friendly, not prone to copper cable theft and completely impervious to lightning strikes.

Fibre helps make new developments an easy sell as it offers potential residents the twin benefits of high speed and low crime due to the absence of valuable metals. “The question for property developments should only be when to install fibre. To maximize annuity income and minimize installation costs, OTEL recommends including fibre in new development plans when the environmental impact assessment is done,” advised Mr Jankovic.

From a modest operation in 2008, OTEL is today a licensed FTTH and business-to-business provider of VoIP & broadband Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions.

Its nationwide dedicated network and cutting-edge technology positions OTEL as one of South Africa’s leading telecoms providers with a specific focus on meeting the needs of SMMEs. Its wholesale and retail fibre solutions are designed to increase profitability and reduce downtime and include hosted PBX, free email, server hosting, cloud services, as well as full-featured call centre solutions amongst other value-added voice and data services.