Joburg's R1.3 billion fibre broadband purchase explained

Joburg City has purchased a R1.3 billion fibre broadband network.

The project was intended to integrate the city’s telecommunications system, reduce costs of communications for residents and provide wi-fi access.

The previous municipal ANC-led administration decided to take over the build of its fibre broadband network project following the cancellation of a contract with an independent contractor at a cost of R1.3 billion.

Now a decision has been approved to institute an independent forensic investigation into the city’s decision to purchase this 900-kilometer fiber broadband network.

Tony Taverna-Turisan, Director of Mayoral Communications, City of Joburg explains.

By purchasing that entity when we did not have the requisite capacity to run it - or a business plan, has actually slowed down the City's ability to expand that wi-fi.

Tony Taverna-Turisan, Director of Mayoral Communications, City of Joburg

We have plans to dramatically expand our free wi-fi programme and this investigation won't hamper that at all. This literally comes down to the ownership of the broadband network and has nothing to do with the running of the wi-fi system.

Tony Taverna-Turisan, Director of Mayoral Communications, City of Joburg

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