South Africans are growing increasingly frustrated with fibre installers which do not provide a neutral platform for ISPs to compete on.

This is the word from the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) which has noted the trend rising throughout the country.

“There’s a clear trend towards homeowners’ associations, body corporates, residents’ associations and property developers rejecting any potential fibre installation that does not allow for multiple Internet service providers to compete for owners’ and tenants’ business,” ISPA chairperson, Graham Beneke, said in a statement.

Having an open access network allows any internet service provider to offer services to the end user.

As you might expect, many network operators don’t want competition when it comes to providing the service and ISPA says that this is not in the best interest of the consumer. That having been said more and more consumers are realising that open access is best.

“They are doing this because they recognise that open access fibre networks provide the best of high-quality, affordable connectivity for consumers while increasing the value of property in the estate or community,” explains Beneke.

For this reason we highly recommend asking fibre installers whether it offers an open access network before agreeing to an installation in your neighbourhood.

“Network deployment agreements that deny subscribers the choice of service provider represent a disservice to that community where the network is to be deployed and denies them their right of choice,” concludes Beneke.