Improved access to affordable internet a key driver of growth for Limpopo.
Local fibre provider shares its vision for empowering Tzaneen.
28 February 2020: Local fibre company, Herotel Radioactive, is building a world-class fibre internet network in Tzaneen. Operating in Limpopo since 2004, Herotel Radioactive is now investing heavily in the local economy with a fibre network that will empower the local community in the years to come.
Speaking about the transformative effect that internet access can have on the local economy, Gideon Stander, General Manager at Herotel Radioactive, says that growing access to affordable high speed fibre networks in Tzaneen will help to drive skills development and job opportunities throughout the city. “In addition, rolling out fibre networks in suburban areas has shown positive effects on property values. Based in Limpopo, Herotel Radioactive is part of the community, and we feel passionate about working to improve the cities where we live and raise our children.”
To cause as little disruption to the residents of Tzaneen as possible, Herotel Radioactive has opted to construct an aerial fibre network, rather than to dig trenches. Stander explains that the aerial network has two huge benefits. “Because we are not digging trenches for the majority of the project, installation is going to be much faster. It is also a significantly more cost-effective way of building a network, which means that we are able to offer our clients a much lower price than other service providers. In fact, our internet packages for residential clients start from only R399 per month for a 5Mbps connection.
“The vast majority of our fibre optic cables are above-ground, strung between poles within the mid-block servitude. The only places where we do rely on underground installation, is where our cables have to cross roads. This means that we are not affecting privately-owned boundary walls at any point during the installation process.”
As part of the rollout in Tzaneen, Herotel Radioactive is also offering an additional perk to homeowners. “Our team members will be approaching residents for permission to plant poles within the servitude on the property boundary line. In gratitude for allowing us to build our network in their neighbourhood, Herotel Radioactive will be offering special promotional package prices for the residents who assist us,” he says.
Stander reiterates that Herotel Radioactive fibre network is locally-owned and maintained. “We are building a network using our own resources, and no work is being outsourced to contractors from outside the region. In addition, our company will be here in five years when the network needs maintenance. Our sales and support are also not done through third party Internet Service Providers (ISPs). This means all of our clients can contact our office directly whenever they have a query, as opposed to dealing with a call centre in Johannesburg or Cape Town.”
Lastly, he addresses any possible concerns that local residents may have. “I personally promise each and every homeowner in Tzaneen that our installation teams will have the utmost respect for each neighbourhood where we install our networks. Our teams will do no damage and will always clean up where they have worked – because we also live in these neighbourhoods,” Stander concludes.