New infrastructure firm to oversee Dark Fibre Africa and Vumatel operations

New infrastructure firm to oversee Dark Fibre Africa and Vumatel operations
IMAGE: Dietlof Mare, Vumatel Executive

South Africa’s Community Investment Ventures Holdings (CIVH), the Remgro and New GX-controlled parent company of fibre infrastructure operators Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) and Vumatel, has announced that effective 1 May 2022, its two fibre network assets would be managed under a new infrastructure company.

The infrastructure entity’s name has not yet been announced. 

In a statement, CIVH said this decision is a strategic step to meet ongoing customer and business requirements and increase open-access offerings across the networks.

Although its two most significant operating subsidiaries (DFA and Vumatel) will be incorporated into this new infrastructure company, CIVH said each business will initially continue to operate separately.  

The company further stated that Dietlof Mare and Byron Billett, current Executives of Vumatel, have been appointed Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, respectively, of the new infrastructure company. 

Andries Delport will continue as Chief Executive Officer of DFA and part of the infrastructure company management committee. 

“The fibre to the home market is constantly evolving, especially in the open-access environment, and fibre network operators have to be able to evolve at the same pace. By establishing our new infrastructure company, we can place both DFA and Vumatel in a position to meet this developing demand for fibre connectivity and continue providing innovative products and solutions to the market,” said Raymond Ndlovu, Chief Executive Officer at CIVH.

“The establishment of this holding company will enable both Vumatel and DFA to expand their open-access network infrastructures to meet customer requirements with the ultimate goal of connecting more of South Africa to high-capacity fixed-line infrastructure.”  

Also commenting, Dietlof Mare said, “We realise that to continue connecting as many South Africans as possible; we need to ensure that our businesses run effectively. This new infrastructure company will allow us to continue bridging the digital divide by enabling DFA and Vumatel to operate their infrastructure assets seamlessly and on an open-access basis, under one aligned strategy.”