[South Africa] Delta Energy & Communications partners with Mzansi Digital Republic Trust to boost energy, WIFI connectivity
Delta Energy & Communications, a network, smart grid, and big data company focused on providing connectivity around the globe has signed an agreement with the Mzansi Digital Republic Trust, a South African non-profit organization whose mission is to extend Internet connectivity to underserved populations.
Under the agreement, the parties will work together to facilitate improvements to the energy infrastructure in South Africa, while simultaneously providing Wi-Fi connectivity. The signing of the Agreement took place at a public event at Mzansi Digital Republic in Delft, a township outside Cape Town, on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. The parties expect that extending Internet access in Delft will be the initial focus of their joint efforts.
"We are excited and proud to be collaborating with Mzansi Digital Republic," said Scott M. Foster, President and CEO of Delta Energy & Communications. "With our Delta Smart Grid Network™ comes not only a ubiquitous Wi-Fi network, but also an advanced smart grid solution to optimize grid efficiency, smart metering, and grid analytics—with the ability to enable real-time energy theft detection."
The Agreement supports Mzansi Digital Republic's continuing efforts to develop initiatives to boost Wi-Fi connectivity to Delft's population of over 420,000 people and beyond. The Agreement will facilitate broader distribution of the Delta Smart Grid Network (DSGN™), a pioneering Wi-Fi-based wireless wide area network (WWAN) that delivers Wi-Fi connectivity to the populations served by utilities, and creates opportunities for IoT engagement by telecommunications partners and OEMs.
"The Delta solution provides the opportunity to bring connectivity within reach, and in so doing, bring the requisite capacity to promote active citizenry," said Pastor Charles George, Executive Chairperson of Mzansi Digital Republic. "With the DSGN™ we can realize Mzansi's vision of a smart township—where all municipal services are integrated to enable government and residents alike to address developmental challenges, and ultimately bridge the digital divide."
In addition to enabling increased connectivity, it is the parties' hope that the Agreement will result in opportunities for job creation with respect to the installation and servicing of the DSGN™.
Foster concluded, "We look forward to working with Mzansi Digital Republic to empower communities to join us in our passion for connectivity."