PCCW to provide tech for R84 billion “smart city”

 ·22 Apr 2014
Modderfontein City

PCCW Global, the Hong Kong-based operating division of telecom company, HKT, is set to provide technology and telecommunications services to the 1,600 hectare R84 billion “smart city” being constructed in Modderfontein, Johannesburg.

PCCW has signed an agreement with Shanghai Zendai, the China based urban complex developer behind the project.

According to the current planning, the Modderfontein area will be built into a new city center in Johannesburg, including nine functional zones, namely:

  • The central business district;
  • International conference and exhibition center;
  • Entertainment center;
  • Silver industry and retirement community;
  • International residential community;
  • Comprehensive education district;
  • Sports center;
  • Trade and logistic park; and
  • Light industry park.

The project will house around 30,000 families and create about 200,000 fixed jobs for the local community, which will help enhancing the social development and economic prosperity of South Africa.

PCCW Global will provide Zendai with a wide range of services including systems development and solutions integration, application development and management, telecommunications and information technology services, cloud computing services and e-commerce solutions.

Mike van den Bergh, PCCW Global’s MD of HKT Global Development Services, said: “With this project, Zendai aims to build the biggest business hub in South Africa, and to be a part of that is an exciting prospect.

“Our experience in Hong Kong, which is a world leader in terms of broadband speeds to the home and IPTV penetration levels, means we have the proven technological know-how and we are ready to deploy our extensive portfolio of services and resources to make this venture a success.”

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