Cape Town and ADVA Optical Networking Pioneer Citywide Fiber Net

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - The municipality of Cape Town, the second largest city in South Africa with a population of about 3.7 million, has deployed the ADVA Optical Networking FSP 3000 in a pioneering municipal network that aims to bring new levels of data connectivity to Cape Town.

With more than 100 km of fiber, the network’s initial core ring configuration connects key municipal offices throughout the city, offering MPLS and 10 Gbps Ethernet services. As well as enabling the city to deliver bandwidth to libraries, schools, hospitals, research institutions and other organizations, the network will ultimately provide service providers, enterprises and communities with a shared infrastructure to offer affordable commercial services.

A First for Africa
“We believe the network we’ve built here is a first for Africa,” says Leon van Wyk, telecommunications manager at City of Cape Town. “By building our own dark fiber network, we’re able to drive the rollout of broadband services throughout the municipality and the region. Our mandate is primarily to provide high-bandwidth network services to government entities, including schools, clinics, hospitals and libraries, but we also want to encourage the private sector to deliver every business, family and organization the bandwidth they need to participate in the modern knowledge economy. Data is the currency of tomorrow, and with ADVA Optical Networking’s help, support and direction, we’ve built a strong foundation for the future.”

This network marks the first step for the municipality as it seeks to drive universal broadband coverage throughout Cape Town. The network’s core currently consists of eight nodes and will use the scalability of the FSP 3000 to accommodate the expected demand for high-capacity, secure networks. The FSP 3000 is a scalable Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) system designed for large enterprises and service providers that multiplex, transport and protect high-speed data, storage, voice and video applications over fiber optic networks. The next phase of the project will expand the core ring to all parts of the Cape Town metropolitan area with up to 100 new nodes.

The increased availability of bandwidth will benefit Cape Town’s growing knowledge-based economy and can help attract foreign investment and the prospect of major economic and social benefits. The municipality hopes its work will serve as a model for other cities and will ignite rapid broadband adoption throughout the region.

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