SADV HBNW Community Safety Fibre Project

 
What is the HBNW Fibre Project?
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. Many of these CCTV cameras belong to private estates which share their CCTV footage with HBNWatchon for purposes of improving monitoring and detection of suspicious activity in alongside their estate boundaries.
 
Why do we need a fibre network?
To support the Integrated Community safety Plan. 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) pay 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.
 
Can we speed things up?
Yes. If you are a private estate or building complete the contract with SADV which allows installers to begin installing the network throughout the estate so that when the way leave is approved to bring the cable into the estate the internal network is ready and can simply be connected and lit up.
 
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. 
 
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). Contact Rod on ops@hbnw.co.za  or SMS "Fibre" to 083 454 9090 to set up a meeting with your Home Owners Association (HOA) or Body Corporate so we can help you to help us make our community a safer place to live in.
 
 
If you have any others questions do not hesitate to contact ops@hbnw.co.za.
 
 
Download a Brochure on this SADV/HBNW fibre Project.
 
 

 
   Site Last Updated:      18 Jul 2017    
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Poll
Jan 2017: Are you feeling more positive about living in Hout Bay than you did a year ago?
I don't feel any different, one way or another
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Thank you for taking our last pollHere are the results:
What do you rely on to keep informed of crime in Hout Bay?
38.5% - Two or more of these options  
24.3% - I've joined a specific crime WhatsApp group for my area   
12.9% - I check the Daily Crime reports on this website 
11.4% - I check crime posts on Hout Bay Organised (HBO)  
10.0% - I listen to my HBNW radio  
 2.9% - I follow a specific Hout Bay crime page on social media 
 0.0% - I use Zello or OurHood or similar crime Apps 
 
70 responses
 

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