South Africa to roll out new ICT network
22 October 2009
The South African government has chosen a new provider to roll out the country's vast social security online network.
A distributed network of H3C and 3Com-branded solutions will be responsible for the social security grant system in a deal worth $12 million (£7.2 million).
The network manages monthly payouts to 13 million people - most of whom live in remote rural areas.
Regional sales director for 3Com Africa Derek Wiggill commented: "Implementing a network that delivers crucial support to disadvantaged people is critical to government. There is very little room for technology that cannot withstand the rigours of operating in rugged areas."
He added that remote maintenance solutions are vital for operating in regions where infrastructure and skills are under constant pressure.
Earlier this week, telecommunications firm MTN announced it has received a loan of $100 million - coordinated by South African investment bank ABSA Capital - to improve Uganda's ICT network.