Telkom has announced that it’s providing free connectivity services to almost a thousand polling stations across the country.
This will play well for those who switched to Telkom’s FreeMe contact last month, as those subscribers will automatically be able to connect to any Telkom hotspot.
But the free WiFi at polling stations has a dual purpose: it will also serve as a bit of advertising for its existing LTE infrastructure.
Not only will it provide internet connectivity to voters, but the company has also been commissioned by the Independent Electoral Committee to provide ICT service for the entire election.
“Telkom will provide a variety of ICT solutions to be sure that every point of the electoral chain, from the local voting station to the national results centre is connected to an efficient, reliable network that will validate and report on these important municipal election results,” Telkom said in a media statement.
It explained that it will also be responsible for providing the infrastructure in which polling stations will relay their results.
“Telkom will enable the safe and secure delivery of ballot results from over 22 000 polling stations around the country to the national results operation centre at the Tshwane Show Grounds, via nearly 350 municipal election offices, nine provincial results operation centres and the IEC’s headquarters.”
Giving a bit more detail, it said that it will keep a carbon-copy of the results at Telkom’s head office in addition to send the data to the IEC.
“Working as a mirror image of the IEC’s head office, all data activities at the IEC HQ are replicated at Telkom’s data centre in real time. In the unlikely event of disaster at IEC HQ, the disaster recovery site will take over all activities and the elections will proceed uninterrupted,” it said.
If the WiFi offering to voters is successful, it might provide the same services for future elections.[Image – Instagram/Ockie Fourie @theworldsyoungestman]