City of Joburg drops broadband provider

The City of Johannesburg has terminated the contract of CitiConnect Communications, the company set up to manage the city’s broadband project.

The R1.2 billion City of Joburg Broadband Project was supposed to go live on 1 July 2013 after a 3 year build phase, which was to be run by CitiConnect company, BWired, for 12 years.

However, according to City of Johannesburg project leader, Zolani Matebese, CitiConnect’s project was terminated because of a “failure to honour their contract obligations”.

The fibre optic network was designed by Ericsson South Africa, and would mark one of the biggest rollouts of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere in terms of its 1.2Tb core capacity and 940km coverage, giving the City of Johannesburg true “Smart City” Status.

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