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Local Govt increases broadband use in South Africa

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The South Africa Government has been slowly increasing the use of broadband and wireless technologies.

According to a study conducted by ForgeAhead, a ICT research company, the local government is showing a stronger uptake of broadband services than ever before, using a combination of wired and wireless technologies to get satisfactory connectivity to the Internet. While municipalities have shown a keen interest in making improvements in communication, the research concluded that the majority of ICT projects are undertaken in isolation. All of the major metros have plans in place to build their own private broadband networks utilising fibre-optic and wireless technologies. In the first phase, the government will improve their connectivity and therefore the information sharing that can take place between their various operational sites. In the second phase, the government will provide connectivity to businesses and residents within their boundaries, thereby increasing the level of economic activity.

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