Faizel Patel, Radio Islam News - 16-11-2019
South Africa’s biggest digital content services provider, Sentech, is pushing forward to meet the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) head-on with its new broadband offering, Sentech Connect.
Sentech launched its broadband offering last week at AfricaCom in Cape Town, the biggest Information Communications and Technology exhibition on the continent.
The broadband offering which will range from a bandwidth of 10mbps-100mbps, allows for the creation of Smart Classrooms; Smart City Services; Smart Clinics and Hospitals; the Internet of Things (IoT), and Public Safety Initiatives.
Sentech CEO Mlamli Booi Booi says theey 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."
Booi says Sentech Connect will digitise healthcare, education and government services in underserviced and rural areas, bridging the digital divide with fast reliable broadband connectivity.
According to the World Economic Forum’s study on Future Jobs, nearly 50% of companies expect that automation will lead to some reduction in their full-time workforce by 2022, based on the job profiles of their employee base today.
However, 38% of businesses surveyed expect to extend their workforce to new productivity-enhancing roles, and more than a quarter expect automation to lead to the creation of new roles in their enterprise.