PCCW to deliver connectivity to South African smart city

PCCW Global has signed an agreement with urban complex developer Shanghai Zendai to provide technology and telecoms services to a smart city being developed in South Africa.

The development at Modderfontein in Johannesburg covers an area of approximately 1,600 hectares. It will house around 30,000 families and create about 200,000 fixed jobs for the local community. The development will be divided into nine functional zones, including a central business district and an international conference and exhibition centre.

As part of the agreement, PCCW Global will provide Zendai with a wide range of services, including systems development and solutions integration, application development and management, telecommunications and information technology services, cloud computing services and e-commerce solutions.

The move further builds on PCCW Global’s growing presence in Africa, following its 2012 acquisition of Gateway Communications. Earlier this month it signed an agreement with Telecom Namibia for MPLS interconnection in the country, while in March it signed an agreement with Nigerian operator Phase3 Telecom for the delivery of advanced communications solutions across West Africa.

“With this project, Zendai aims to build the biggest business hub in South Africa, and to be a part of that is an exciting prospect,” said Mike van den Bergh, PCCW Global’s MD of HKT Global Development Services.

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