South African fiber networks are expected to complete their major subway constructions by the end of 2017, which will allow many people to have access to fiber optics.
According to Webafrica's CEO, Tim Wyatt-Gunning, who told MyBroadband that he was expecting the question "Can I get fiber?" Disappear in 2018.
During the past year, Webafrica has experienced an exceptional growth in its number of fiber customers – with more than 20,000 South Africans joining ISP.
Wyatt-Gunning stated that the higher speeds offered by fiber allow their subscribers to enjoy a wider range of services, including video streaming.
"To put this in perspective, we are now providing on average twice as much data per customer as we did last year," Wyatt-Gunning said.
For those who can not have fiber, Webafrica was the first ISP to offer Rain's LTE-A fixed product to South Africans.
"LTE is proving to be a very attractive alternative to dissatisfied ADSL customers who can not yet get fiber," Wyatt-Gunning said.
The CEO of Webafrica said that the year 2017 was marked by a shift from the "slow and unreliable" DSL to faster and cheaper fixed fiber and LTE services.
The movement is driven in part by the need for faster, more stable connections to meet the streaming needs of users.
"A year ago, our biggest concern was managing download speeds, and today it's all about streaming."
Webafrica is positioning itself to advance this growth by focusing on automation in order to improve the delivery and support of its products.
Wyatt-Gunning said South Africa was going in the right direction with respect to broadband developments, and he expects this to continue.
"A few years ago, the only important underlying network for the broadband market was provided by Telkom – and with that, all the usual monopolistic inefficiencies and high prices," Wyatt-Gunning said.
"Today, there are more than 30 fiber optic network providers and five LTE networks have introduced the choice for service providers such as Webafrica, and prices to our customers are falling rapidly."