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DFA Zimbabwe Launches 1Gbit/s Metro Fibre Service


DFA Zimbabwe, the open access, carrier-neutral wholesale fibre infrastructure provider, has announced the launch of its 1 gigabit per second access technology as its standard fibre service feature.

The licenced Internet Access Provider is rolling-out a purpose-built fiber optic network with minimal installation charge for identified network green zones where there is existing fibre. The list of green zones can be found on the DFA Zimbabwe website.
DFA Zimbabwe’s Metro network now spans over 300km in Harare and Bulawayo and is complimented by a 1350km Beitbridge to Victoria Falls and Bulawayo to Harare long-haul network.

Currently the open-access network provider works with local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and international carriers on a rolling basis, who then offer a range of packages to deliver the full fibre experience directly to consumers.
DFA Zimbabwe has chosen market-leading vendor Ciena as its technology partner, underpinning a nationwide 100Gbps fiber deployment programme. Ciena provides smart CPE that delivers gigabit Ethernet service capability with Virtual Network Function (VNF) integration.

This launch heralds a new era of affordable, multi-gigabit fiber optic services for millions of potential customers, putting an end to the age-old battle for bandwidth.

Gigabit per second products will lead the wholesale market in terms of price, minimum speed guarantees and install times- fit for the data age. The successful deployment of the network enables DFA Zimbabwe to work with its ISP partners to upgrade end-customer ONTs in phases going forward, thereby minimising any network upgrade related service experience impacts.

DFA Zimbabwe Chief Operations Officer, Mr Hugh Vera said “We are driving the highest standards of construction, implementing state-of-the-art network technology and ensuring our operations are scalable and future proof. Before any construction begins, we identify every site and do a feasibility assessment.

This tells us where the most capacity is needed today and how this may change in the future.”
The DFA Zimbabwe high-capacity national backbone virtually carries unlimited traffic alongside this access network deployment programme which will deliver a highly efficient and adaptable network with the ability to meet future demand. This in turn will enable ISP partners to offer a differentiated range of services in full confidence that speed and service quality can be maintained as consumer and business bandwidth demand continues to rise.

“With the launch of Zimbabwe’s fastest and most cost-effective connectivity products, we are demonstrating the benefits of an intelligent, reliable network that will last for generations. By working with our ISP partners to bring symmetrical multi-gigabit fiber consumer services to market today, Zimbabwe will finally have a network and services that will enable a digital future.” Tongai Tanhara, DFA Zimbabwe Chief Commercial Officer has said.

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