The lack of a workable last mile connectivity solution is one of the major obstacles preventing the adoption of broadband services in South Africa (and throughout Africa) (i.e., how to connect the home to the backbone broadband networks). In the rural setting, this presents an even greater issue. The Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM) strives to be a progressive municipality in the forefront of the use of best practices and technology. The municipality has started the process of putting into action a broadband project in Saldanha Bay that involves creating a wireless broadband network that will allow homes, people, and businesses to take use of high-speed, reasonably priced broadband services. In essence, the municipality seeks to address the issue of a viable last mile connection solution in an African setting.
One of the key challenges hampering broadband services in South Africa (and Africa) is the lack of an effective last mile connectivity solution (i.e., how to connect the home to the backbone broadband networks). This is even more of a challenge in the rural context. The Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM) aims to be an innovative municipality on the cutting edge in respect of the use of technology and best practice. The municipality has embarked upon a process to implement a broadband project in Saldanha Bay that entails establishing a wireless broadband network that will enable households, individuals, and businesses to achieve the benefits of high-speed, low-cost broadband services. Essentially the municipality wants to find the answer to the challenge of an effective last mile connectivity solution within the African context.
The SBM partnered with African Ideas to guide them through this process and develop innovative solutions. African Ideas is driving the creation of a strategic partnership between the municipality, large-scale enterprises within the municipality and one of the largest telecommunication companies in South Africa to develop new, innovative and cost-effective methods of household, government (municipal) and business connectivity in the SBM area.