BY: ITWeb, Simnikiwe Mzekandaba, IT in Government Editor.
In line with its ambition to be the digital hub of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is focused on bringing broadband connectivity closer to communities.
This is according to Sibusiso Ngubane, deputy director-general in the office of the premier in KZN, noting this is being done through the Smart Connected Province project launched by premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube.
Ngubane delivered the keynote speech at the KZN chapter of the Public Sector ICT (PSICT) Forum event, held under the theme: “Prioritising universal connectivity as a catalyst of the digital economy”.
Held in conjunction with ITWeb Brainstorm and ICT solutions provider BCX, the forum brought together private and public sector stakeholders to unpack IT governance processes, areas of collaboration and innovation.
According to Ngubane, the project aims to provide affordable, high-speed broadband connectivity to public institutions, businesses and residents across the province.
It includes the establishment of a provincial data centre and deployment of WiFi hotspots in public areas.
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