Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) says it is embarking on an aggressive employment drive to grow its own staff compliment by more than 20% over the next 3 months, coupled by increasing its outsourced capacity.
This is on the back of the company’s recent announcement to increase its number of business endpoints to 20,000 by March 2016, it said.
Joey Gabriel, COO at DFA said: “Companies are realising the benefits that high speed fibre can bring to their business, and as such the uptake of Fibre to the Business (FTTB) across the country has been phenomenal.
“This demand has bolstered our need to boost our employee figures substantially to meet our customer’s service delivery needs whilst managing a network availability of 99.95% and a mean time to repair of under 4 hours. These vacancies will be mainly in the optical fibre installation arena, specifically, we are looking for Planning, Project co-ordination, ILO’s and fibre splicing skills.”
Over the past year DFA has introduced a range of new products which has improved the ease at which businesses can now access its fibre offering. In addition the company has seen a growth in telecommunications companies using its fibre network to improve on their own offerings.
In March, DFA reported a 15% rise in revenue for the six months ended September 2014 to R468 million, on the back of 31% growth in annuity revenue.
The group’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation increased by 16% to R344 million, while the book value of its fibre-optic network is in excess of R4.7 billion, the group said.
The group owns fibre network rings in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban (expanding to Pietermaritzburg), Midrand, Centurion and Pretoria.
During the past twelve months, the network has been expanded to a further 17 smaller metros, including East London, Polokwane, Tlokwe, Emalahleni and George to name a few, it said.