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Introducing The Kayamandi Fibre Project

The support of the Kayamandi community drove the Kayamandi Fibre Project. An interview with the Kayamandi Community Liaison and PayGoZo's CEO:

Legacy systems make it difficult for traditional mobile operators to innovate and meet the needs of their customers. We're changing that:

How the Kayamandi Fibre Project Was Born:

The Kayamandi Fibre Project delivered blazing-fast township fibre. Here are our seven ingredients to create Fibre-Time™:

→ What is the Kayamandi Fibre Project?

Our goal is to bring affordable uncapped internet to everyone as quickly as possible

It is an open-source collaboration to show that it is possible and profitable to deploy affordable uncapped fibre in townships. Not just for the wealthiest residents of our township communities, but for the entire township. Shacks and backyard dwellers included. Everyone. The results of the project will be made freely available to anyone who wishes to replicate them. Our goal is to bring affordable uncapped internet to everyone as quickly as possible.

→ How did the Kayamandi Fibre Project come into being?

There is a blindingly obvious opportunity to provide uncapped fibre in townships. Why hasn’t it been done?

One of the biggest problems is billing. There was no profitable way for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to sell small chunks of internet time. So, we started a company called Vulacoin, a blockchain wallet linking real-world currency to time, a stablecoin. Thus, enabling ISPs to sell pay-as-you-go internet. Great. Then we discovered there are no pay-as-you-go ISPs. So, we started a pay-as-you-go ISP, PayGoZo, focused on selling uncapped fibre in bite-size chunks in townships. Great. Then we discovered there’s no fibre in townships. So, we started the Kayamandi Fibre Project, an audacious plan to deploy fibre to every single home in Kayamandi and provide a template that anyone in the world can copy. Our mission is first and foremost, to get everyone in South Africa onto affordable uncapped fibre.  If it turns out that we are not the best at it, or can’t move fast enough to get everyone connected, then at the very least we will share our model with others so that a ground swell of collective knowledge and effort makes a meaningful dent in the digital divide.

→ Our Partners

We're grateful to partner with supporters and funders from multiple industries that bring years of experience and are as committed to connecting the world as we are.


→ FAQs

Why Kayamandi?

Kayamandi is close to home. While we plan to provide fibre internet access to people worldwide, we must start by solving problems at our front door.

When will it be ready?

The Kayamandi Fibre project went live on 7 November 2022, with over 3,000 homes connected to superfast, uncapped, pay-as-you-go fibre.  

Who are the build partners?

We've partnered with ASLA to handle the construction and deployment of our fibre networks. ASLA are experts in township construction and come with a wealth of knowledge.

Why is it so cheap?

Townships are high-density areas. That means you get to pass more homes per 100m of fibre than in regular residential suburbs, which means you can charge a lower retail rate and get the same return on investment. Dense communities are the most profitable areas for fibre internet. Townships are the densest communities in South Africa.  By passing on that extra profit margin to consumers in the form of lower prices, we make uncapped fibre affordable even for the poorest families.

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