Govt broadband tender to be awarded ‘soon’

2016-10-27 11:16 - Gareth van Zyl
Future expansion of the internet will be driven by more connected devices and machine to machine communication. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Pretoria - A tender for connecting government institutions and schools to a new broadband network could be awarded at the end of October 2016, according to National Treasury documents published on Wednesday.

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services plans to connect 1 293 state buildings and 1 507 schools to broadband internet in the 2016/17 financial year.

This forms part of an SA Connect plan to connect all public buildings and schools by 2030.

But Treasury’s medium-term budget policy statement released on Wednesday indicates the tender for the broadband project still has to be issued.

“No targets relating to the national broadband plan have been met as the tender for connecting government institutions and schools has not been awarded as yet,” read a note in the medium-term budget for the telecoms department.

“The department has requested the State Information Technology Agency to procure the service provider.

“In June 2016, the agency issued a bid document inviting prospective service providers to bid for broadband connectivity of the identified sites, and the bids are currently being evaluated.

“It is anticipated that the procurement process will be completed by the end of October 2016, after which the broadband connection of government buildings and schools will begin,” read the note.

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