French firm Alcatel-Lucent has announced a partnership with Bytes Technology that will effectively future-proof the City of Cape Town’s network infrastructure.

As a major tourist destination and an economic hub for South Africa, the city requires reliable infrastructure that is able to scale as ever-faster internet is needed by more and more people and businesses.

“In pursuit of becoming a smart city”, vice president of Alcatel-Lucent Africa Daniel Jaeger said at AfricaCom today, “The City of Cape Town did not take a cautious approach in developing infrastructure. They [the City of Cape Town] have anticipated future demand and are ready for it.”

To facilitate this, Bytes and Alcatel-Lucent have upgraded the city’s network infrastructure in a three-year deal for an undisclosed amount. This includes providing the city with high-end networking hardware, such as the Alcatel-Lucent 7950 extensible routing system often used by big network operators. This system has been designed to be upgradeable and as such is future-proof but can also make high speed data, voice and video services easier to access today.

Leon Van Wyk, telecommunications manager of the City of Cape Town said in a statement, “This is facilitating easy access and driving competition by reducing broadband services cost to citizens. As a result of this, commercial ISPs are also using the City’s broadband infrastructure to provide internet access to the public via Wifi Zones.”

There are currently 650km of fibre and 187 Wifi Zones throughout the city that are using this upgraded infrastructure.

This will serve the city well as it plans to deploy even more fibre and connect even more people wirelessly to the world wide web. Sarel van Wyk, sales manager at Bytes Technology said, “This is an exciting project that has the potential to change lives and we are proud to be a part of it.”

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