The primary purpose of this survey is to collect the location of
people interested in potentially obtaining a
based Internet service.
A summary form of this survey may also be used to raise funding for this project.
Filling in this survey does not imply any form of commitment.
The section on Current Internet Connections is to understand what
Quality of Service (QoS) and Connectivity people currently have.
Our basic fibre service is a
Internet connection with no other limits on
and will include an
3 Megabit per second
International capacity. This project has no inherent reliance on
Telkom, Neotel or any other Internet provider except that Posix
will when possible interconnect with other parties for the exchange of Data or for
The section on TV and phone services is to determine whether
TV Signalling and
Video on Demand
may also be offered.
It is the intention of Posix to provide Dial Tone (ie a phone
connection) including free on-net calling and as the network grows, a
“local” tariff rate to much of the country as well as low priced calls
to many other parts of the world. This phone system can also be used
as a “private” system in Security Villages and Complexes.
We have tried to guess at some of your questions and given what we
think is the right answer. Of course, the answers may change with time.
If you have a question not answered here - please send an e-mail to:
- How does the fibre come into my house?
The Network connection will generally be via a plastic tube (garden
hose size) running between two adjacent properties. From here, there will
be a "Tee" with further tubes to each property. This should lead into
the property in a suitable location, perhaps a built-in garage,
entrance hall or somewhere in a hallway or kitchen. Two fibre strands
will be provided. Only one will be used, the other is a spare. This
is connected to something like the Mikrotik Routerboard
using one of a matching pair of single mode, single strand fibre SFP's
The link is thus a Gigabit link into your home. The service will be software
limited to your contracted speeds.
Properties with "Company" contracts will have four strands of fibre.
Two strands will be used and the connection may run at 10Gbps (if
physically possible and desirable). This allows for a potential
future upgrade from the 1Gbps "Company" contract.
- Where does the fibre go?
The fibres from your property will go to a concentration point along
with 500 to 4000 or so other connections. Here, each connection is
terminated in its own port in a switch. These switches move the data
down onto 10Gbps fibre switches which in turn moves the data onto
40Gbps switches. These connect to circuits which carry data according
to its destination. Each concentration point has its own backup power
and generator system. Initially, concentration points will be
interconnected with redundant path circuits each running at 40Gbps, so
thats 80Gbps between concentration points.
- How does your International connection work?
Posix will purchase services on both the SeaCom (East coast of Africa) and
WACS (West coast of Africa) cable systems. These will both run to Posix
equipment in London on different paths. From London, we peer in
and LINX (soon)
- two large peering points in Europe. We also purchase transit from
Cogent and others...
- How much is this going to cost me
The minimum Monthly Internet only Package would be the Basic Service
which is R600 a month. You can also buy more International Internet
at R30 per Mbps per month at 20:1 contention ration. Still to be
confirmed would be the cost of DialTone, probably around R30 a month
per telephone number. Phone calls should be less than what Telkom
currently charges but remember, On-Net calls will be free. We also
hope to offer TV Set top boxes for TV services and for our virtual
Video Shop. No prices yet.
Installation charges would be the Routerboard termination equipment
for around R2000. A VoIP phone instrument such as the
costs about the same. One might also consider buying a small UPS for
when there are power interruptions. That could be from about R400.
Posix will bring these (or similar) items in by bulk to keep these
- What will having a Fibre Optic connection do to my House Value
Home seekers in London, UK, are willing to pay up to 8% above market
pricing for properties in areas offering very fast internet speeds.
This is according to new research from LSE and Imperial College
Business School. Statistics compiled over a 15-year period, from
1995-2010, showed that property prices across the UK increased on
average by about 3 per cent when internet speed doubled.
Curiously, South African home owners are often the cause of delays in
rolling out fibre networks in their neighbourhoods. Some people
make it challenging to dig up pavements and roads to deploy fibre
This latest research, which shows a clear link between
broadband speeds and house price value, is likely to change
perceptions. (Taken from an article on MyBroadband)
- I'm a gamer and play peer-to-peer games!
You are going to love this network. Peer-to-peer will run at close to
the full locally contracted speed and there will be no strange filtering
on peer-to-peer connections. The native IPv6 may also help. You
should expect very low round-trip-times, just a few milliseconds.
- I want to run my own Web Server
That is great. We encourage the hosting and development of local
content. We provide static IPv4 (limited) and IPv6 addresses to allow
people to do this. We also offer Domain Registration services as well
as full Domain Name Services (DNS) on our
Virtual-WEB platform including Secure-DNS.
- I want to run my own Mail Server
That is a little less great but no problem. We provide static IPv4
(limited) and IPv6 addresses to allow people to do this. However, all
outbound e-mail must pass through our Mail proxy. Outbound Port 25
(SMTP) is blocked on our routers except from the Posix Mail-Relay
system. This is to help control the local creation and propagation of
SPAM mail. Our Outbound Mail-Relay will only accept Authenticated
e-mail via the Submission port.
- What speed is my home fibre link?
It is effectively running at 1Gbps. It will however be software limited to
100Mbps (or whatever the locally contracted speed is). You will only
be able to download from International networks (and local networks
that do not Peer with Posix) at your contracted International speed.
This may further be limited by your contracted contention ratio.
Anything local can reach up to 100Mbps, depending on the other side.
Your Upload speed will work in a similar way. Two machines on this
network should be able to communicate at 100Mbps. If one machine is
on another peered-to network, then it is possible that the other
network may slow you down.
- I'm a Company, why should I buy a "Company" contract?
Company contracts valued at R2300 a month will run at a full 1Gbps
locally with the standard International contracted rate of 10Mbps. No
promises yet but if the fibre connection allows for 10Gbps optics to
work, we may provide that as an option to allow for easier future
upgrades. Of course, you can buy more International at the standard
rate of R30 per Mbps for a 20:1 contended line. Companies will have
the opportunity to do backups over the fibre. Standard PC's fitted
with a Gigabit Ethernet interface should be able to copy to off-site
backup a 10GB file in under 3 minutes. One should get the same speed
- I don't want 20:1 contention, give me 2:1 instead
Certainly. But remember, there is no free lunch. The 20:1 pricing of
R30 per Mbps per month is based on a 1 Mbps service being shared with
19 other people. Pay R300 per Mbps per month and enjoy a 2:1
contended service instead, sharing that 1 Mbps with just one other person.
Logical offered contended ratios could possibly include: 20:1, 10:1,
5:1, 2:1 and 1:1 (or dedicated bandwidth). If you are in the business
of downloading "TV Content" 24/7/365, you could ask for dedicated bandwidth
pricing to avoid disappointment?
- Why are IPv4 addresses "limited"
The simple answer is the world is on the verge of running out of
unused IPv4 addresses. IPv6 is the future and each customer will be
given enough IPv6 addresses to run 256 different networks each with a
huge number of endpoints (IPv6/56). We will most lightly be giving
customers 8 IPv4 addresses as standard (IPv4/29).
- What is peering and why should I care?
Internet Service Providers (ISP's) Peer (Exchange Internet Traffic)
usually to reduce costs and decrease network latency (move packets
faster). A lot of the peering in South Africa is settlement free, that
is - its essentially free (there may be Membership or Port charges).
When peering is free, Posix counts this as local traffic.
- I don't want Internet but am interested in just the Voice Service
We are looking at the possibility of bringing you a Fibre too and
charging the same monthly rental as Telkom would - around R140 a month
for a Voice connection. After all, if you relocate, the next person
may want Internet. For anyone interested in VoIP/Voice services, we can
port your existing telephone number to our system.
- I live in a Security complex, there is a Body Corporate, Home Owners association,...
Please bring this to the attention of your local Home Owners
Association or Body Corporate. Encourage them to pass on the word to
the rest of the home owners. The Body Corporate wins with free
Camera/Security fibre. The value of all properties can only increase
with value. We are also only too willing (if you are local) to come
address the representatives of your community to answer any questions
face to face.
- I represent a Security complex, can I have one line for the whole complex?
We will supply one fibre circuit per residence. This simplifies
usage, billing, providing a Quality of Service (QoS) and suchlike.
This Fibre service largly replaces a Telkom line with ADSL which is
traditionally provided as one line per residence. However, when a
Security Compex or Village has a large enough uptake, we may provide
free connectivity to Security Cameras and the Complex Entrance. We
can also add an additional Service to the VoIP Phone system, so it can
be used as an Intercom System to serve the Complex. This could even
include an Entrance Camera which could be used by the residence to
self-control Access to the Security Complex. We may also provide Wifi
Access points around the Village.
- Home Security is my concern...
It is possible that your home Alarm System has an Ethernet port or can
be fitted with an Ethernet port adapter. This could then be plugged
into the Routerboard and you alarm programmed to send alarms to your
Alarm company and/or to where the folk watching the community cameras
are based. We can also provide the necessary type of interface to
link an alarm signal to a Routerboard for about R2000. The kit
includes a Battery (UPS replacement) system for the Routerboard.
- I'm a Headmaster at a School in your area...
Posix may provide a free fibre connection from your School through to
who run the University network. TENET may provide you then with full
Internet Connectivity. Of course, the more parents who have service
with Posix, the faster we'll act.
- I'm interested in this for the Shopping Centre I manage
We'd treat each shop like a private Residence - one line per shop. If
enough shops purchase services, we'll also provide free WiFi access to
cover the centre to provide a time-limited, daily allowance per
customer device. Of course, there will be no restrictions on Locally
accessable Internet sites.
- What if I sell my house and move
Firstly, please notify us. We can then disable that circuit. You can
sell what is yours (Termination equipment and phone) to the next
owner. We'll then contract with the new owner for what ever service
- When will all this happen? I want it now!
The Project is still in early days. We need confirmation of your
support so please complete and submit this Interest form. Once there
is enough interest, the project will start. It will take about six
months to build the core fibre routes. After that is complete, we add
customers. So, to make this happen sooner, sign up and persuade your
neighbours and your local community to do the same.
- Interesting, and your Open Access policy?
The Core of the network that is owned and operated by Posix will have
an Open Access policy. Anyone with an appropriate licence (eg ECNS)
may purchase or rent dark fibre (or dark 10mm tubes) along these
routes. This may be of interest to people wanting an alternative route
between Teraco and JINX. If you don't have an appropriate licence,
Posix may light a dedicated circuit for you - providing an end-to-end
data solution. Prices will be negotiated. Dark fibre or dark 10mm
tube swaps may be an appropiate transaction.
- The Satellite conspiricy theory
Lots of TV comes to you via Satellite. Bandwidth however is not unlimited.
DSTV currently broadcasts their HDTV at 720p. To deliver content at
1080p would probably take twice the bandwidth, about 20Mbps to
25Mbps.. To deliver content for Ultra HD - double again - possibly
about 50Mbps. Fibre would be great for this. Did we mention our
bandwidth is 1Gbps?
Back to those Satellites... so space is a really big place? However,
where we put our satellites, there are three optimal orbits..
Geo-stationary is one place. There is also the low-orbit Iridium
system. To understand more, take a peek at "Space Junk", a 2012 movie
available in 3D. Satellites have already collided and I presume
spread their bits all over the place but much of it is still in orbit.
Watch "Gravity" staring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney...
No Satellite = no DSTV.
- This is all great - how can I help?
We need people to show their interest. To help you spread the word and
get them to also show interest by signing up, download ours
Report any Web Errors to the Webmaster.