Altron Nexus has appointed information and communications technology solutions provider Telcolink as a project house on the Gauteng Broadband Network (GBN) initiative.
The appointment will see Telcolink managing and assisting small, medium-sized and microenterprises in the West-Rand that form part of the Altron network as more schools in townships across the province go online.
Telcolink has been working with Altron over the past two years to ensure pupils from disadvantaged communities are connected to the Internet.
“Being recognised as a project house is testament to our relentless pursuit to empower learners in Gauteng with the much-needed access they need to equip themselves with the skills required for a digital future,” said Telcolink director Cecil Mashawana.
Since the launch of the GBN initiative in 2014, more than 1 500 km of fibre has been rolled out linking eight core nodes in Gauteng.
Additionally, more than 1 181 sites have been connected as the Gauteng Provincial Government remains focused on implementing smart provincial initiatives and facilitating ancillary projects such as elearning, egovernment, and ehealth, besides others.
“Given global events and the resultant lockdown conditions in South Africa and many other countries, it has become clear that being connected remains paramount to success in the new normal. Reliable infrastructure is fundamental in this regard with the quality of access crucial to the success of any business.”
“The GBN initiative forms an integral part of this as it seeks to help learners bridge the digital divide and access the resources they would not ordinarily have had access to,” added Mashawana.