Exercise speeds Cape Town digital transformation
from DION HENDRICK in Cape Town
CAPE TOWN, (CAJ News) – THE cost of broadband is set to reduce in Cape Town after Alcatel-Lucent announced plans to deploy its internet protocol core routing network technology.
This comes as a massive boost as the economic and tourism hub of South Africa’s Western Cape transforms into a digital city.
Cape Town is home to many technology start-ups and a base for many global software companies, retail chains and financial companies.
To drive growth and encourage new businesses to the area, Cape Town wants to reduce the cost of broadband in order to expand access.
The new IP-based ultra-broadband infrastructure will help connect underserved communities and stimulate new digital business development,
while facilitating high-speed local government services.
With just 34 percent of South Africa’s population connected to the Internet in 2013, the national government wants to see that number increased to 50 percent, connected at 5 Mbps by 2016 and 90 percent by 2020 under the national broadband plan.
This will initially enable high-speed government administration and management services including access for emergency services.
In addition, the City of Cape Town wants to encourage infrastructure sharing to allow third party communications providers to connect
underserved communities, facilitate the delivery of e-services and drive socio-economic growth.
Leon Van Wyk, Telecommunications Manager, City of Cape Town, said the development of this high-speed communications infrastructure would further reduce the cost of broadband services through enabling open access to the City’s broadband infrastructure for commercial service providers.
“This is facilitating easy access and driving competition hence reducing broadband services cost to the citizens.
“As a result of this, commercial ISPs are also using the City’s broadband infrastructure to provide internet access to the public via Wi-Fi zones,” van Wyk said.
Daniel Jaeger, Vice President Alcatel-Lucent Africa, said this project highlighted their offerings could serve the needs of governments and other organisations in addition to telecommunications service providers.
“This agreement builds on our growing momentum with governments in EMEA and around the world to develop more competitive nations and smarter cities, leveraging our expertise in IP networking, ultra-broadband and cloud technologies,” said Jaeger.
– CAJ News
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