Construction of five new switching centres for the City of Cape Town is to be completed in July, a major milestone in the rollout of its R110 million fibre-optic ring, says the contractor.
According to Larry Maclean, project manager at Bridging Technologies Cape, the switching centres will be located at Keller House, Gallows Hill, in central Cape Town; and Parow Civic Centre, Bellville Civic Centre, and Athlone Stadium.
Bridging Technologies Cape will be paid around R40 million by the City of Cape Town to either construct from new, or refurbish some of the existing facilities.
The company will also install some of the cabling in these centres, as well as hardware, raised floors, cooling plants and the other machinery needed to run a switching centre. The centres will range in size from 200 to 300 square meters.
“Once the switching centres are running, they will be linked into the fibre-optic ring that is currently being laid around Cape Town,” Maclean says.
Four years ago, the City of Cape Town mooted a project to build a fibre-optic ring to link up all its public facilities from municipal offices to libraries on one network. The aim was also to allow other potential users to buy capacity when needed. Tenders were awarded in October last year and the laying of the cable is under way in various parts of the city.
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