City of Tshwane to Roll-out 600 hotspots
Apr 15,2014 0 Comments
The City of Tshwane (COT) will in the next 18 months roll-out over 600 hotspots spread across Tshwane as it plans to close the gap on the digital divide. The municipality says it has already rolled out approximately 500km of fibre to support the business of the City.
“This is already saving the City a lot of money due to the introduction of voice over IP on the telephone. Most of the offices can make City to City calls within Tshwane at little cost” says the City’s Group Chief Information Officer, Dumisani Otumile
Otumile further says the city has prioritised the roll out of E-services where CoT services are made available online and city residents are provided with the facility to interact with the city without visiting any of the Customer Services Centres.
The city has also aligned its ICT policy with the South African Local Government Association’s to avoid duplication of projects. As part of the City’s broader strategy to develop infrastructure, The City says it approved its ICT strategy in 2013.This was followed by the approval of the business case and subsequently the implementation model. “The procurement process of acquiring an additional 2000km of broadband is currently underway. This is the biggest ICT infrastructure to have been rolled out by any municipality. It will have a huge impact on the cost of doing business in the capital City” he said.
Though the city says it acknowledges the contribution that ICT can make, it also concedes that affordability remains a challenge. “The City of Tshwane notes challenges around affordability as it relates to internet access hence the free Wi-Fi initiative,”