Government broadband roll-out partners announced

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services will use state entities like the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), Broadband Infraco, and Sentech for the roll-out of broadband in its eight priority districts.

In February 2015, President Jacob Zuma announced that the first phase of the South African government’s broadband roll-out initiative would kick off.

The initial phase of the broadband roll-out encompasses offices in eight district municipalities in underserviced areas.

Progress on the project has been very slow, partly because no company had been selected to implement the roll-out.

The open tender process by SITA to find a service provide for the broadband roll-out did not yield a successful bidder.

The unsuccessful bidding process saw the cancellation of the tender in November 2016.

“We have since decided to utilise our state entities such as SITA, BBI, and Sentech, in line with their mandates, to implement this critical project,” said the department.

In the current financial year, the department has been allocated R416 million to start connecting 2,700 sites.

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