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Wireless broadband to cost R3.1bn

17 October 2007
Wireless broadband to cost R3.1bn
The rollout of wireless broadband by the state-owned signal transmitter Sentech is expected to cost R3.1-billion over the next four years.

Of this, the Department of Communications has bid for R2.5-billion to be allocated to it in the medium-term budget statement which will be delivered by Finance Minister Trevor Manuel in two weeks' time.

The department's Deputy Director General, Harry Mathabathe, told a press conference in Parliament on Wednesday that of the total, R500-million had already been allocated in the last session of parliament, and the final amounts were expected to be generated from Sentech's own resources.

The wireless broadband network will eventually cover the entire country, but initially Mathabathe said, its priority will be to bring broadband to remote districts, schools, health facilities and government departments. It will benefit in particular home affairs offices and the Thusong local multipurpose centres. ...

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