PRASA has over 900km of fibre along railway lines and stations according to Vodacom.
The deal which was entered into by PRASA’s subsidiary, Intersite Asset Investments comprises two major components, the first of which is to monetise PRASA’s telecommunications assets by leveraging Vodacom Business’s enterprise channel capability.
The second is to lease PRASA’S dark fibre optic cables for the duration of the contract.
“This includes Multiprotocol Label Switching; Virtual Private Network connectivity; Unified Communications and Collaboration; Metro E Fibre Access; Microwave Access; Dedicated Internet Access; Hosted Exchange; Security Information Event Management; and Internet Access, making these assets commercially available to government and enterprises” said Vodacom.
Through the agreement, PRASA will be able to generate revenue through its fibre assets as well as on-sell Vodacom’s enterprise products and services.
Vodacom’s TPA with PRASA will allow Intersite to provide information and communication technology (ICT) services to the rail agency group and other entities across the country, said PRASA in a statement on Thursday.
About 2.5-million passengers on PRASA’s Metrorail urban commuter service would be able to receive free WiFi access within Prasa facilities as a result of the partnership.