Business Users

Century City is home to a large network of diverse businesses, large and small, creating a huge demand for modern technology.

Business Users


Home Users

Century City is an integrated commercial, residential and leisure precinct where thousands of families live, work, shop and play

Home Users


Fibre Availability

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Fibre Availability

Why Century City Connect

Employing cutting edge, innovative technology, Century City Connect provides world-class, open-access fibre-optic connectivity propelling Century City into the First World digital age. Believed to be the first such network of its kind in South Africa, Century City Connect is a carrier neutral ‘last mile’ open-access network over which a select number of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer those living and working in the 250-hectare precinct revolutionary voice, broadband and multimedia services. Because Century City’s fibre-optic backbone is carrier neutral, clients are able to choose which of the accredited ISPs’ package best suits them in terms of voice, broadband and multi-media services, as well as costs. Read More…

Optical fibre is a hair-thin strand of glass, specially designed to trap and transmit light pulses. The fibre uses light instead of electricity to carry a signal. It is unique because it can carry high bandwidth signals over long distances without signal degradation, and it can provide those signals simultaneously in both directions – upload and download. Copper media can also carry high bandwidth, but only for a few hundred yards – after which the signal begins to degrade and bandwidth narrows.
Connecting homes directly to fibre optic cable enables enormous improvements in the bandwidth that can be provided to consumers, both now and for many decades to come. Today’s widely commercialized fibre access technology can provide two-way transmission speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, with 10 gigabit systems now coming to market and even higher bandwidth fibre networks in development. These improvements can be made without having to change the installed fibre, which is why fibre networks are said to be “future proof” and are capable of handling increases in bandwidth demand for decades to come. In addition, all-fibre networks are capable of providing symmetrical bandwidth for downloading and uploading, which give them another advantage over copper-based
Ever-accelerating demands for more bandwidth and faster connectivity, driven by increasingly sophisticated video services and other applications, have prompted telecommunications providers to carefully consider which access technologies will enable them to meet their subscribers needs far into the future. Running fiber all the way to homes and businesses has become the best way to stay ahead of that demand. In addition, many telephone companies are upgrading to FTTH because it gives them the ability to deliver a television service to their subscribers, in addition to the fastest possible Internet service, which enables them to compete with cable television providers. And many “municipalities” like Centurty City provide FTTH service because they know that world class connectivity is essential to attracting businesses and jobs and enhancing the quality of life for their residents.
The main driver is the proliferation of video over the Internet, particularly via video services such as Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. In its annual Visual Networking Forecast, Cisco estimates that by 2016 1.2 million video minutes – the equivalent of 833 days (or over two years) – will travel the Internet every second. In addition, the number of Internet-enabled devices in the average home continues to grow, as consumers purchase more smart-phones, tablets and Internet video devices (such as Roku boxes), as well as machine-to-machine devices – and together these devices are increasing the need for more bandwidth to the home. Cisco projects that by 2016 there will be nearly 18.9 billion network connections – almost 2.5 connections for each person on earth – compared with 10.3 billion in 2011.
Wireless mobility is increasingly important to the proliferation of Internet applications and services. But when you look at connectivity from end to end, the vast majority of the signals are carried over fixed line (and increasingly) fiber infrastructure, whether it’s to a cell tower in the neighborhood, a wi-fi access point in a business or community center, or a wireless router in the home. It is this blend of robust wireless mobility and ultra high speed Fibre connectivity that is driving the development of the “always available” platform that is delivering increasingly sophisticated, high-bandwidth services and applications to both consumers and businesses. At the end of the day, fibre it the best way of getting stable reliable connectivity.

Fibre vs ADSL

  • ADSL is asymmetrical where fibre is symmetrical.
  • The contention ratio of fibre is very low compared to ADSL where it can be as high as 30:1

10Mbps Line Speed Comparison

Fibre – Download Speed = 9.98 Mbps
ADSL – Download Speed = 8 Mbps

Fibre – Upload Speed= 9.98 Mbps
ADSL – Upload Speed= 0.8 Mbps

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