Great news for fibre in South Africa – networks must share infrastructure

The Supreme Court of Appeal in South Africa (SCA) has denied Telkom leave to appeal a ruling that will force it to share its cable ducts with competing fibre network operators.

This is great news for South African fixed line broadband subscribers, as forcing fibre network operators to share their conduits with one another removes an obstacle to competition.

It is typical to see only one fibre network operator serving a neighbourhood, estate, or apartment block because of how costly it is to dig trenches, place ducts, and roll out supporting network equipment in the area.

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