Skills capacity grows with fibre optic network

March 5th, 2014, Published in Articles: EngineerIT

FibreCo Telecommunications has remained on track to build fibre-related skills and capacity in South Africa as it developed its long-distance fibre-optic network. The company has trained 30 candidates in Bloemfontein after kicking off the R5-billion, three-phase, 12 000 km, high-speed, open-access, long-haul fibre-optic network project in 2012. The Fibre Optic Association-accredited programme had now extended to 20 candidates in East London, where the company has completed the first 2000 km of the high-speed network. As the group moves to expand the network from East London to Durban and Cape Town, more candidates will be selected for training along the route to ensure skills are localised. This will prevent long downtimes while attempting to secure suitably skilled technicians to travel long distances to the source of the breakage. Twenty Eastern Cape candidates are on track to benefit from the company’s 5000 km long-haul fully open access fibre optic network. About 2400km of the network is already live – interconnecting Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, East London and Cape Town, as well as providing the shortest and fastest optical fibre connectivity between these cities today.

Contact Sharon Van Loenen, Fibreco, Tel 011 966-7731, sharon@fibreco.co.za, www.fibreco.co.za

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