City of Joburg launches municipal entity for free internet deployment

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The City of Joburg has announced the establishment of a new municipal entity that will handle all of its Smart City broadband and free WiFi projects, and it’s calling on residents to give it a new name for the chance to win R10 000.

The municipal entity joins existing ones such as Pikitup, City PowerJOSHCO and the JRA and will be responsible for connecting and maintaining broadband distribution across the city.

“The City has rolled out over 1 150km of fibre optic cables, creating one of the best and fastest-growing cable networks in Africa and positioning Johannesburg as Africa’s leading investment and commercial destination. This strategic entity will assist in the acceleration of economic growth and development, attracting investment, enhancing access to services and improving the quality of life,” the city said on its website.

The city is on the search for an interesting name to give the new municipal entity. The competition is open to all residents in the metro, and the key is to be original so we encourage you to think of a name that doesn’t use the words “internet”, “connect”, “tech” and so forth. Run your idea by your friends, and if they say it’s even remotely clichéd, go back to the drawing board.

You can tweet your name suggestion to @CityofJoburg using the hashtag #JoburgBroadband, and you have until the 13th of October to get your entries in.

[Source – City of Joburg, image – CC 2.0 by Charleston’s TheDigitel]



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