Zille announces broadband plans for WCape

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has announced plans to invest in fast and affordable broadband infrastructure in the province.

“It is clear that if we aim to create an internationally competitive knowledge economy, improve productivity and enjoy access to new markets, we need to invest far more in fast and affordable broadband infrastructure. We need to link over 4,000 government facilities in the province to one another and to business, civil society and citizens,” Zille told the opening of the provincial legislature in Cape Town.

“By 2014 we aim to have connected 70% of government facilities and every school in the province to the broadband network and also ensure that there is at least one public ICT access facility in every ward,” the DA lead said.

“Within the next two years, as part of a pilot project, we aim to create the largest mesh network in the world that will have connected all households in Khayelitsha, Mitchell’s Plain and Saldanha Bay, including the Industrial Development Zone footprint, Zille said.

By 2020, the political party aims  to have connected every citizen in the metropolitan area to affordable broadband infrastructure at network speeds in excess of 100 [Megabits] per second and all citizens in towns and villages to a broadband network.

“Our broadband strategy will involve partnerships with a number of potential stakeholders, including licensed telecom service providers, commercial banks, the IDC and the DBSA, local businesses as well as local and national government. In other words, the roll-out of this broadband network exemplifies our “Better Together” approach.

“All of this constitutes a huge investment in growth-creating infrastructure, most of which will be used as a powerful magnet for further investment from other spheres of government and from the private sector,” Zille said.

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Zille announces broadband plans for WCape