The Fibre Project has been undertaken to provide sustainable bandwidth capacity to carry the data from hundreds of Community PSV (Public Space Viewing) CCTV cameras which are in process of being deployed throughout the environs of Hout Bay and Llandudno, back to the Hout Bay Community Safety Hub called HBNWatchcon and to professional CCTV monitoring centres.
Why do we need a fibre network?
The existing wireless network is overloaded and expensive to maintain and as yet more wireless networks are established the airwaves will become further congested with conflicting wireless traffic. Our neighbours over the mountain, Constantia Valley Watch Association have converted to fibre thereby resolving the network problems that were plaguing their community safety efforts.
Who pays for it?
SADV (South African Digital Villages) in conjunction with their parent company DFA (Dark Fibre Africa) pays for it. HBNW has negotiated an agreement with SADV whereby HBNW may utilise SADV / DFA’s fibre network to transfer Community Safety PSV camera data free of charge.
How long will it take to connect up all the CCTV cameras?
This depends on you and your co residents in an area. The more residents in an area that choose to utilise the DFA/ SADV fibre network for their personal or business internet connectivity, the higher priority your area gains, to become the next area in line to have the DFA / SADV fibre net extended into your area. From the time your area sign up list exceeds 30% of residents it usually takes 4 to 6 months before FTTC (Fibre to the Curb) is installed and ready for FTTH (Fibre to the Home) connections to be made.
Why does it take so long?
It takes the City of Cape Town three to five months to provide DFA/ SADV with way leave permissions which gives them permission to start digging trenches across city properties wherein the fibre cable will be buried. Some areas have already started the process to bring DFA/SADV FTTC (Fibre to the Curb) into their streets so they should be “Lit up” and connecting FTTH (Fibre to the Home) by July.
How do I benefit personally?
You get faster and cheaper internet access. As more people discover what they can do via the internet they will need more bandwidth to cater for all the new activities they will start to participate in. Online education, gaming , streaming videos, downloading music and books, online shopping and remote office working - the list goes on. Simply put. residents will need LOTS more bandwith at cheaper rates, which only the fibre networks will be able to provide. A year ago fibre was only available in a limited number of areas in Hout Bay and a wireless package of 5 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload speed uncapped would have cost you R 899.00 per month. Currently a fibre package of 10 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload, uncapped, can be had for R699.00. That’s double the speed, at 22% less the price and, as more people join the fibre net, the faster and cheaper it will get.
Who else benefits?
Your whole community benefits. Your participation in the HBNW Fibre project helps sustain your communities efforts to suppress crime. Despite rapid urbanisation and densification the SAPS Sector Policing resources of Hout Bay and Llandudno remain as under resourced as they were in 2005. Only through the introduction of HBNWatchcon and other civil safety projects designed to assist SAPS has crime in our community been supressed to managable proportions. With many other communities struggling to cope with violent gangs and drug related issues the SAPS and CoCT Law enforcement resources of Hout Bay will not be increased any time soon. It therefore remains up to us, the citizens, to take pro-active measures to ensure our own safety by keeping crime levels contained and working to reduce them further.
What do I need to do?
Sign up for your FTTH (Fibre to the Home) connection and internet services via the HBNW SADV portal which will soon be updated to include all Hout Bay suburbs and estates - www.signup4fibre.co.za DFA / SADV is an open source network provider thereby allowing you a choice of ISP’s (Internet Service Provider)
If you have any others questions do not hesitate to email@example.com.
Download a Brochure on this SADV HBNW fibre Project.
We do not charge for membership and there is no expectation that members have to contribute financially. However we need to maintain the systems that keep YOU safe.So we welcome donations from residents and businesses alike.
For more details on Area Safety Plans and the spending of area specific donations (ring-fenced funds) please contact your Area Leader.
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