Sentech is introducing its new broadband offering known as Sentech Connect, South Africa’s biggest digital content services provider disclosed on Monday at AfricaCom.
The state-owned company said the new broadband service will digitise healthcare, education and government services in underserviced and rural areas, bridging the digital divide with fast reliable broadband connectivity.
The company said the broadband offering will range from a bandwidth of 10mbps-100mbps, allowing for the creation of Smart Classrooms; Smart City Services; Smart Clinics and Hospitals; the Internet of Things (IoT), and Public Safety Initiatives. These solutions will make use of various networks ranging from broadband to ultra-narrow band.
“Sentech is well-positioned to play a significant role in the implementation of SA Connect’s mandate and servicing of government with wireless broadband services.,” says Sentech CEO, Mlamli Booi.
Booi says Sentech Connect will accelerate connecting the whole country to the high-speed communications infrastructure by 2030, placing South Africa on the path of meeting the National Development Plan’s targets of creating a truly inclusive information society.
“As the world progresses towards becoming more digitised and connected, we also need tools that can harness connectivity, bettering the lives of South Africans through reliability and convenience,” says Booi.
According to BioMed Central (BMC) Public Health, using the internet and related technologies, e-health seeks to improve health services locally, regionally and worldwide. It is used within the health sector for clinical, educational, preventative, research and administrative purposes, both on-site and remotely.
Access to connectivity provides numerous benefits for schools including the upskilling of teachers, interactive localised teaching; additional online notes, videos, exercises and assessments and interactive global teaching to add additional value to the content-based curriculum.
“There is no denying how vital connectivity has become and we need to ensure that as a country we can tap into the massive potential it will usher in. Sentechhas gladly accepted the task of ensuring the country’s connectivity, especially in rural and underserviced areas,” says Booi.
“Our organisation’s intellect, established infrastructure and experienced personnel make us the ideal fit to do the job effectively and efficiently.”