Zoom Fiber – fastest company to 100,000 homes in South Africa

The rapid deployment of Zoom Fiber has provided coverage in five South African provinces, and the network operator has exceeded 90,000 terminals to date.

MyBroadband asked Zoom Fiber about its progress and plans. Its CEO Mohammed Manjra told us that the operator will have exceeded 100,000 terminals by June 30, 2022.

“We strive to make a meaningful difference in society by fostering affordable and agile digital inclusion across all sectors of society,” he said.

“To that end, we have surpassed over 90,000 endpoints to date, and will have passed 100,000 endpoints by the end of June 2022.”

The network operator currently covers Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, North West Province and Western Cape.

Manjra said Zoom Fiber deployments are funded by multiple local and international donors.

“The deployments are being funded through several rounds of debt financing that we have raised from local and international donors over the past 18 months,” he said.

Zoom projects

Majra aims to double the size of Zoom Fiber’s network over the next year and, as a partner in the Boabab Fiber project on the west coast, hopes to help create a true smart city in South Africa.

“Zoom Fiber intends to double the size of the network over the next 12 months, measured by past endpoints, as well as introduce new technologies – which will be announced in due course – to complement the infrastructure existing one deployed,” he said.

“Once again, and it cannot be stressed enough, the country’s potential will only be realized through genuine and meaningful empowerment, and this is what drives our ambitious growth strategy.”

Majra said she was also involved in the Saldanha Bay smart city project.

“We are partners in the Baobab Fiber project on the west coast, which is incredibly exciting as we are in an important partnership enabling a genuine smart city in the country, born out of a successful public-private partnership,” Majra said.

“On June 2, we were part of a panel that announced the launch of the digital citizen application of the municipality of Saldanha Bay.”

“The key here is digitally empowering users, as they can use the app to access city services, citizen services and, as new layers are added, a host of other services,” said he added.

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