Updated: Aug 19, 2020
Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) is the leading open-access fibre optic company in South Africa,
enabling their customers, such as ISPs, with fibre optic infrastructure to provide ICT
related services to end customers.
Well-identified network infrastructure is of great importance in Dark Fibre Africa’s network. Thanks to smart, standardised colour coding on reliable labels, service provisioning and network maintenance become faster, and customer downtime risks are reduced with easy identification.
Dark Fibre Africa had the need to differentiate between the fibre infrastructure of three of their major service offerings by
using colour codes available on the portable BMP51 Label Maker systems from Brady.
• Black on white: GPON services
• Black on yellow: Dark fibre and all managed services
• White on red: DFA core network infrastructure
Black print on white or yellow are available as standard labels for the BMP51 Label Maker and was supplied by Brady.
The white on the red label was not a standard Brady product available on the BMP51.
Some challenges faced with competitor labelling products included:
• Print faded over time
• Adhesion proved not sufficient
• Additional maintenance was required to re-apply labels
Because of this, Dark Fibre Africa contacted Brady to present a solution in
keeping with the established network infrastructure colour coding.
Brady fast-tracked the request and within a few months developing a reliable
cable label in red that could receive a white print with optimal legibility on a
Before presenting a sample to our customer, R&D specialists tested the
label extensively in Brady’s in-house facilities. The new label construction
and selected adhesive stayed attached to cables, equipment cabinets and
distribution boards. Labels remained legible in heavily air-cooled environments
indoors as well as in UV exposure outdoors.
On top of this, the label material was successfully adapted to fit a BMP51
Label Maker cartridge. Because of this, Dark Fibre Africa would be able to
print the new label anywhere in their network infrastructure with the portable
printers already in use.
After successful sample testing in Dark Fibre’s network infrastructure, Brady
agreed to also offer stock availability for the new white on red label. A large
stock of the complete colour code is always immediately available, as well as
logistical and technical support.
Reliable labels that stay attached to cables, equipment cabinets, distribution
boards and remain legible, are important for network maintenance,
improvements and troubleshooting. Clear identification enables technicians to
quickly identify the infrastructure for fault finding and troubleshooting during
network failures. This increases service provisioning and maintenance speed
and further reduces downtime risks and enhances the speed of deployment.