Telkom is close to reaching an agreement with the government to start the first phase of its R744-million, three-year broadband roll-out plan – according to a report by Bloomberg.
President Jacob Zuma, during SONA 2016, said the government will fast track the implementation of the first phase of the roll-out to connect more than five thousand government facilities in eight district municipalities.
“There have been extensive discussions about the contract between Telkom and the government,” stated the report.
“Pretoria-based Telkom has carried out site inspections and studied how to implement the plan in eight districts.”
“Telkom can’t comment on a government project,” the company said previously, and did not respond to questions from Bloomberg.
In his 2013 SONA, Zuma punted the fact that the government plans to achieve 100% broadband penetration in South Africa by 2020.