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The world’s largest telecommunications company is planning to build the world’s first broadband internet backbone in South Africa, where its new internet television service will launch on Tuesday.
The announcement comes after the South African government approved a $2.5bn plan for broadband, which will cover most of the country’s population by 2021.
The government said the project will be one of the most ambitious in the world, which is expected to create nearly 100,000 jobs and create as many as 12,000 more jobs.
Telecom giant MTN South Africa said the internet backbone will enable broadband to reach nearly 30 million people in South African households by 2021, which would increase the countrys broadband network capacity to over 500 million households.
“We are excited to announce that our customers will soon be able to enjoy the fastest internet access in the country,” MTN SA chief executive Jens Nørgaard said in a statement.
“This will give our customers more choices and better speeds, as well as better quality, reliability and availability.
We are confident that with this broadband network, the country will become a global leader in internet connectivity.”
The government’s $2bn internet project aims to provide internet access to a fifth of South Africans by 2021 but will be plagued by opposition and protests.
The government is expected later this month to approve a new internet infrastructure plan to ensure a smooth transition to the new infrastructure.
The new plan will also see more than $1bn in funding allocated to telecom companies and telecommunications firms to help speed up the rollout of the new internet backbone.
Telecommunications company MTN said it will build a new fiber optic backbone across the country, which could be used for its internet TV services.
MTN is also building an infrastructure for the transmission of high-speed internet services through its South African cable network.
Telkom, the biggest telecommunications company in the South Africa market, said it would invest $3bn in a new network in South-East Africa to bring its internet television services to more people.
The South African telecom operator said it has invested about $500m to build and operate a fibre optic network in the region to improve the speed and reliability of the service.
It said it had invested in new capacity for the existing network in order to make it the fastest network in its portfolio.
“There are still a number of technical challenges to overcome in order for the next phase to go into operation,” Telkom SA chief marketing officer Mark Ruprecht said.
“However, we believe that the future connectivity in the African continent is in our hands.”
Telkobank has also announced that it will invest $5bn in South American telecoms firm Videocon to improve its internet and TV services in the Caribbean, which it said will bring about an additional 100,00 jobs.
Videocon is a telecommunications company which was acquired by MTN in 2008.