Crime and extortion in South Africa’s fibre market

Crime, corruption, and extortion are hampering fibre network rollouts in South Africa, with poor communities being hit the hardest.

The is the word from South African fibre network operators, who told MyBroadband they continue to suffer at the hands of gangs and crime syndicates.

These fibre operators spoke to MyBroadband on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retaliation by these crime syndicates.

While fibre network operators who operate networks in cities and middle-class neighbourhood are not often affected, those operating in townships and rural areas are often targeted.

The worst-hit areas are Kwazulu-Natal, townships in Gauteng, and lower-income areas like Bishop Lavis in Cape Town.

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