Western Cape premier Helen Zille said in her state of the province speech (22 February 2013) that they are on track to begin delivering broadband services to under-serviced areas by the end of 2014.
According to Zille, the feasibility and design study for the wireless mesh project in Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain and Saldanha Bay will also be finalised by the end March 2013.
“Once we have implemented this project, by the end of 2014, these areas will become wireless internet hotspots,” Zille said.
She said that people living and working there will have access to the Internet without having to be connected to a modem or a digital subscriber line.
Zille’s update on the Western Cape broadband roll-out comes just over a year since she first announced their plans to provide broadband connectivity to every citizen in the province.
Another milestone for the project is that 70% of provincial government buildings, rural libraries and schools will be connected by the end of 2014.
“Thousands of people will experience for the first time, what it means to live in a connected, open, opportunity society,” Zille said.