South African ISP, RocketNet, has joined hands with Zoom Fibre to roll out high-speed fibre internet in Saldanha Bay through what is called the Baobab project, as the city lays the foundations for its smart city vision.
According to a statement, Saldanha Bay Municipality put out a tender in 2020 which was won by Amoeba TSC, who in turn selected Zoom Fibre as the preferred implementation partner.
The fibre internet will be the backbone on which the Saldanha Bay Municipality will build their smart city infrastructure.
Simon Swanepoel, CEO of RocketNet said, “Smart city infrastructure creates opportunities for citizens within their cities. Cities improve efficiency in managing resources using insightful data captured from IoT devices. Data is analysed to prioritise a city’s repair and maintenance to manage traffic flow better and create greener living spaces. Fibre internet is the power that drives this infrastructure, and we are excited to be part of this journey,”
RocketNet is one of the ISPs on Zoom Fibre’s network and is working with the fibre network owner to add value by building sustainable solutions for the fibre internet system.
Zoom Fibre CEO, Mo Manjra also weighed in saying, “Alongside our existing partners, Amoeba TSC and the Saldanha Bay Municipality, and ISP partners such as RocketNet, we are committed to the Baobab project, which exists to ensure that every citizen has access to high-speed connectivity which will support improved access to services and new technologies creating a smart city for the benefit of all residents within the municipality.”
Every home in the Saldanha Bay Municipality will receive an Optical Network Terminal linked to their utility meters enabling residents to monitor usage via a Digital Citizens app, added the statement.
Smart city technology is a growing global trend that is catching fire in South Africa.