Monday, March 16, 2009

R1bn broadband project for Johannesburg in partnership with Ericsson

"The benefits and possibilities of a digital city are numerous for not only the City and its entities but for residents, business, hospitals, educational institutions, tourism and entertainment."
He says teleworking, video conferencing and WiFi hotspots will alleviate traffic congestion and save costs. Video streaming, Internet access and online applications will facilitate information sharing, stimulate socio economic development and improve health services and security.

NVDL: I hope there will be electrcity to run this fairy tale. If so good, but maybe we need to *make sure* it's guaranteed over the next 5 years, 10 years etc.
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Johannesburg will be transformed into a "digital city" over the next three years, which will reduce the cost of telecommunications, improve service delivery and increase access to IT for residents.

"We regard access to broadband as a key driver of economic growth and wealth generation. Through this initiative we will ensure that all the citizens of Joburg gain access to universally available, reliable and affordable broadband", says Tau.
"This is as essential as the provision of water and electricity and will also help improve response times to crime and emergencies because the city’s closed circuit television network will be linked."
“Not only is the prospect of transforming Johannesburg into a truly ‘digital city’ an exciting one, the awarding of the tender is further confirmation of Ericsson’s proven ability to provide comprehensive end-to-end solutions that meet the needs of both telco and non-telco customers.”
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