Tshwane positions itself as major player in free Wi-Fi stakes

30 Jul 2014

The South African city of Tshwane aims to become the largest provider of free Wi-Fi services in the country, after executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa announced the launch of the second phase of the city’s Wi-Fi rollout, BusinessTech reports. Under the ZAR150 million (USD14.14 million) project, which is being implemented in partnership with non-profit movement Isizwe, the city government will deploy 600 additional Wi-Fi hotspots, which will support a combined capacity of one million users. Alongside Tshwane’s public spaces, connectivity will also be extended to 213 schools in Soshanguve, Mamelodi and Atteridgeville over the course of the next 18 months. The local government plans to deploy hotspots in five locations by end-November: TUT Soshanguve Campus, University of Pretoria Hatfield Campus, Tshwane North College, Mamelodi Community Centre and Church Square in the Pretoria CBD.

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