262 municipalities to get ‘Digital Cities’ rollout


Minister of Communications, Paulo Bernardo, announced yesterday that 6.2 million people are to benefit from the Digital Cities programme as the government begins the second stage rollout to 262 municipalities.

The programme which provides broadband through fibre-optic networks to communities will be rolled out in cities of up to 50,000 inhabitants and will rely on investment of R$ 201.7 million from the Growth Acceleration Programme (PAC)

The programme will be used for e-government applications in finance, taxation, education and health, training for municipal employees of the network and free internet access points for the public in squares, parks and roadsides according to the press release published on the ministry website.

The rollout of the programme will be through contracted agencies with selection taking place in January 2014 and following a two month planning process the installation is scheduled to begin.

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