In an exclusive interview with CAJ News on Friday, the City of Johannesburg’s Deputy Director for Communications, Nthatisi Modingoane, said Information and Technology experts were working round the clock to ensure residents acquire Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Johannesburg.
He would however not be drawn into revealing the total amount of the broadband project, which is estimated to be more than R200 million (about US$22 million).
Says Modingoane:“The City of Johannesburg is currently underway with the implementation of a municipal broadband project to turn Joburg into a digital city over the next three years. We want to ensure that ICT is available to every corner of the City and reduce the cost of doing business as well,”
“This will be possible by selling off spare capacity and allow SMME’s and local telecoms entrepreneurs to leverage the footprint of this broadband to provide services without the massive capital outlays otherwise required.”
The city’s deputy communications director said that although some of the work was being done in preparation for the 2010 World Cup, the local authority was also looking beyond the football tournament.
Johannesburg is hosting the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) 2010 World Cup finals next year, and the city is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to install state-of-the-art technology in support of the events.