__[3 October 2015] Presentations made to the Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services indicate that some form of intervention by its shareholders – Government and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) – is urgently required to ensure the productive use of the Broadband Infraco network assets.
___[29 September 2014] The powers and functions entrusted by the Broadband Infraco Act 33 of 2007 have been transferred from the Minister of Public Enterprises to the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, effective 26 September 2014.
This makes a great deal of sense and may be a precursor to the merger of Infraco with other SOCs falling under the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services.
___[17 March 2014] What is Broadband Infraco up to? The below snapshot is taken from their presentation to Parliament on their Annual Report for 2012/3, delivered on 12 February 2014.
|Delivery of Mandate||As at 31 March 2012 to year to date||As at 31 March 2013 year to date|
|Kms of Fibre||12681km||12793km (112km added)|
|Access Points||144||153 (8 more PoPs built)|
|SADC Connectivity||4 PoPs||5 Pops (Beitbridge PoP added)|
|International Access||Only SADC||WACS connected (undersea cable connected to BBI)|
|Business Operations||None||Insourcing completed, OSS/BSS designed. Implementation in progress.|
|Security around 54 Mesh||None||One (1) site secured (Athene site). Thirteen (13) sites planned for the next financial year.|
|IP Update to date||IP/MPLS on Golden Triangle||No expansion – currently using Ethernet over SDH as workaround.|
|MOBILE NETWORK OPERATORS||Leverage Broadband Infraco’s network footprint to interconnect with MNO key growth points; e.g. MSC/BSC connectivity, mobile base stations, data hosting centres, call centres; etc.|
|SECOND NETWORK OPERATOR||Maintain the Neotel anchor account at targeted MSA revenue levels as part of a longer term contract with Neotel;intensify high level executive relationship management|
|OTHER BROADBAND COMPANIES||Offer these operators opportunities to co-build with Broadband Infraco and thus collaborate on a shared risk model.|
|GOVERNMENT AS AN ANCHOR CLIENT; SOCs||Establish collaborative partnerships with other ICT State-owned companies; invoke NBP – no duplication of infrastructure; robust positioning to all Government Departments; Metros and Provinces that Broadband Infraco ideally placed to cater comprehensively for public sector bandwith connectivity demand|
|ICT SYSTEMS INTEGRATORS AND TRAFFIC AGGREGATORS||Joint Proof of Concept Product Development, Trials, to convert to long-term contracts; Strategic Partnerships for last-mile, end-to-end solutions;|
|INTERNATIONAL & LOCAL OPERATORS||Engage market through WACS consortium to infrastructure owners; Investigate and engage in swapping of capacity (DR & resilience).|