About 6000 households have been fully furnished with optic fibre cables –EPTC

By Phiwa Sikhondze

In a bold move to revolutionize its digital infrastructure, the Eswatini Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (EPTC) has announced that optic fibre cables are part of its turnaround strategy.

Speaking on Eswatini TV’s Kusile Breakfast Show, the Managing Director of EPTC, Themba Khumalo said this move follows a series of high rates of copper theft and damage to infrastructure, costing the company an estimated total value of E200 million.

The deployment of optic fibre technology promises to deliver high-speed internet access to businesses and consumers alike, marking a significant upgrade from the existing copper cable networks. The EPTC’s strategy underscores its commitment to bridging the digital divide and propelling Eswatini towards a more connected future.

The implementation of optic fibre cables is expected to have a transformative impact on various sectors, including education, healthcare, and commerce, by enabling faster and more reliable internet services.

This infrastructure development is also poised to attract foreign investment, as the country becomes more appealing for tech-driven industries.

The CEO highlighted the importance of this project, stating “the introduction of optic fibre cables is not just an upgrade of our network; it’s a leap into the future for Eswatini. Our goal is to ensure that every citizen and business in the kingdom can benefit from the vast opportunities that come with robust digital connectivity.”

The company has outlined a phased rollout plan, with priority given to urban centers and areas with high economic activity. The rural regions are also part of the long-term vision, ensuring that no community is left behind in the digital era. Since the approval of the turnaround strategy by the government, about 6,000 households in the country have been fully furnished with these optic fibre cables.

Optic fibre cables represent a significant advancement in telecommunications technology, offering a myriad of benefits over traditional copper cables. Unlike copper cables, which were initially designed for voice transmission and possess limited bandwidth, optic fibres can carry a vast amount of data over long distances without significant signal degradation.

They can withstand more pull pressure, are less prone to damage and breakage, and do not present a fire hazard. This durability translates to a lower total cost of ownership over time, despite a potentially higher initial investment. With these advantages, the EPTC’s shift to optic fibre cables is a strategic move that will not only enhance the country’s digital infrastructure but also provide a foundation for future technological advancements and economic development.

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