South Africa To Allocate $147 Million Towards Broadband Internet Implementation

During his Budget Speech for 2017, South Africa's Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, announced "that the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services will be allocated a budget of ZAR 1,9 billion (approximately $147 million) to invest in broadband Internet infrastructure in "public buildings and schools in eight pilot districts".

The Finance Minister also stated that a significant part of the allocated budget will be allocated for the implementation of five broadband projects in municipalities across the country. The project will aim to provide schools in under-serviced areas with educational devices to access and make use of internet connectivity.

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services is also expected to use the funding to expand and modernise ICT infrastructure by further implementing the South Africa Connect broadband policy.

It is said that 780 ICT facilities and schools in under-serviced and disadvantaged areas will be prioritized.

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