Friday, October 26, 2007

Cape Town - Smart Community - Dark fibre and all that...

Last night the Intelligent Communities Forum announced the list of the Smart21 Communities of 2008. We made it! Cape Town is there, and I'm so proud that it's largely due to great efforts and more than three years of work we've (Radian) done for the City of Cape Town (mostly work by my partners Mark Neville and Raven Naidoo).

We spotted this award - got the appropriate approvals to enter - and wrote the motivation. More importantly in the background, we've been helping the city with a Telecoms strategy since 2004. This year the Dark Fibre project was been accepted by the powers that be.

The dark fibre project is based on the Swedish example where the city of Stockholm provides dark fibre (i.e. not lit, just the cable) between point A and point B. We were amazed at how much the Economic Impact Assessment showed the benefit to our economy with be, see the ITweb article: CT network 'to add R211bn to GDP'

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Anonymous Ian said...

Congratulations! There's an article on the news on IOL Technology as well.

11:19 am  
Blogger aLan said...

Hi Ian,
Thanks for the comment and the IOL technology article. Looks great!

11:26 am  
Blogger aLan said...

New update: Cape Town invests R300m in fibre optic network

12:49 am  
Blogger aLan said...

News: Although this was published on IOL, I am lead to believe that it's not entirely accurate. More here... Cape Town to rethink broadband plans.

11:40 am  

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