ABN - The City of Cape Town, South Africa will provide fibre broadband access to all buildings in the central business district, the city announced on Tuesday.
It had connected a further 49 private buildings to high-speed fibre broadband, in addition to 290 government buildings already running on fibre broadband.
“It is part of the metro-wide US$924 million roll-out of the municipal broadband network,” said Carola Koblitz, communications manager for the Central City Improvement District. “We’ve not been given the costs to the city of each individual building roll-out.”
For now, the city plans to install a “last mile” infrastructure to every building on an open-access network, where individuals can choose their Internet service provider.
“In terms of service providers within buildings, one of the major advantages is that multiple commercial operators will be able to provide services. There is no ‘one’ service provider,” stated Koblitz.
Cape Town seeks to connect 950 government and 2,500 private buildings across the city by 2012.