According to recent reports the South African government is in discussions with Telkom to implement a R744 million, three-year broadband roll-out plan.
In the recent 2016 State of the Nation Address President Jacob Zuma said that the government is planning to fast track the implementation of the first phase of the roll-out to connect more than five thousand government facilities in eight district municipalities.
According to a report by Bloomberg “Telkom has carried out site inspections and studied how to implement the plan in eight districts.”
Vodacom and Cell C however have reportedly stated that the government should follow a regular tender process for the project.
After the 2016 SONA address, the government said it had not yet selected the “lead agent” for the broadband project, but there is a strong assumption that Telkom will win the deal.
In 2015 President Zuma said that the government had decided to designate Telkom as the lead agency to assist with the broadband roll-out.
The government has since backtracked on the “decision” to use Telkom for the project, and in its most recent comments said “due process” will be followed.