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South Africa: SA Connect to Kick off
Source: ITWeb News
Source Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 30, 2014

The official adds the first phase aims to cover government buildings, such as police stations, schools and hospitals, across 10 districts – a total of about 34 000 sites. However, the project will be rolled out incrementally as funds become available, she says.

 

The national WiFi project has already started in the Western Cape and Gauteng, which are currently funding their own networks, says the official.

 

Gauteng's R2 billion network, which has been on the cards for several years, finally kicked off in February with the award of a tender to Altech, a subsidiary of JSE-listed Altron.

 

Gauteng's network, which will be handed over to the province in five years' time, will incorporate 1 600km of high-speed fibre-optics and will consist of an initial eight core locations, no greater than 80km from the next core location, which will be connected by a 10GB "protection ring".

Provincial buildings will be connected to each other by 1GB protection rings and through dual 1GB connections to one of the core locations. Each core node will host 10 rings made up of 10 buildings in a ring. Ancillary services such as e-learning will be facilitated later.

 

The official says the April tender will initially look at speeds of about 5Mbps before migrating to up to 10Mbps, and pricing will depend on the location. She adds the full Digital Development Plan – the infrastructure pillar of SA Connect – should be published next year.

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