Governments and technology firms all over the world are aggressively pursuing initiatives and projects that will transform their respective cities in an attempt to make them 'smarter'. However, a Chinese investment firm is set to change the 'smart city' landscape once again with its announcement that it plans to develop a new 'smart city' in Africa.
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Kenya's Safaricom, the African nation's leading network operator, said it's working with Huawei to deploy a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network. Safaricom will use the Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer's end-to-end (E2E) FTTH solution to rapidly deploy the FTTH network and expand its capability to new home broadband services.
Africa has unveiled it's first-ever 'smart parking' system' in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa in an effort to reduce urban congestion and parking problems in the city. The innovative project cost around $2.2 million to construct - and it is hoped the 'smart parking' system can finally resolve the issues around mobility in a city notorious for its traffic jams. However, Addis Ababa's motorists are plagued even more by the fact the city has insufficient parking facilities.
A $250 million project has been approved by the Zimbabwean government to implement more than 600 towers and base stations across the country to connect rural areas with low mobile connectivity. According to the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) the towers will be shared by the nation's operators.
In September 1999 a national project for a technological renaissance was announced in Egypt reflecting the commitment of the government to developing the country's IT sector. That commitment is reflected today by the introduction of 4G services, the nation's pledge to improve ICT education, and its vision for a more digital and sustainable future.
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