Residents of the Gauteng suburb of Parkmore could soon have high-speed broadband in their homes delivered over aerial fibre-optic cabling - 30% to 40% cheaper than Telkom's rates.
Other services would include extensive CCTV security monitoring, voice over internet protocol (VoIP) telephony and video on demand.
This is one of three possible options proposed for the Parkmore City Improvement District (CID), a project being spearheaded by the Parkmore Community Association (PCA) that has the aim of improving the security of the suburb.
If it gets the thumbs up, this is anticipated to be the first fibre-optic last-mile network funded by a community in South Africa.
The entire fibre-optic and CCTV network would cost residents just R400 a month over three years (R300 for the fibre-optic cabling and R100 for the CCTV network).