Broadband Infraco and the provincial government of Limpopo Province have partnered to make major network upgrades in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.
According to Broadband Infraco CEO Puleng Kwele, the company is investing in upgrading its telecoms infrastructure in its Northern Ring Capacity Upgrade Project, which will cover both Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.
The project aims to deploy 40Gbps technology in the Northern Ring for transmission of telecoms services over fibre.
The new link will run parallel to the already-existing 10Gbps link, and will be scalable in multiples of 40Gbps to address current and future capacity requirements, the company said.
“We are very excited to work with the Limpopo Province, renowned for its pioneering work in rolling out its Information Society and Knowledge Economy development roadmap,” said Kwele.
The new public-to-public partnership with the Limpopo provincial government will facilitate the deployment of the Limpopo broadband network, the company said.
Currently, the total capacity in the Northern Ring is at 160Gbps; once the project is completed, the Northern Ring capacity will be boosted to 480Gbps.
The Northern Ring extends from Gauteng to Polokwane via Soekmekaar and Tzaneen towards Hoedspruit then Nelspruit. The ring closes from Nelspruit to Pretoria, via Ngodwana, Belfast and Witbank.
“The project has been approved by the Broadband Infraco board and the procurement processes have been completed with the contract being awarded to a contractor to supply and install the equipment,” Kwele said.
“R700 million of Capital Infrastructure is committed for the current financial year to be expended on various capital programmes including the Northern Ring.”
Phase 1 of the projected is expected to be completed at the end of June 2013, while phase 2 is expected to be completed at the end of August 2013.