Tshwane connects millions with free Wi-Fi

The City of Tshwane is racing ahead with its public Wi-Fi service with the launch of the second phase of the project which will see an increase to over 200 internet hotspots.

“Today we launched Phase 2 of Tshwane Free Wi-Fi, over 200 new sites with capacity for 5 000 users per site (total capacity of over one million users), and announced the start of Phase 3 deployment incorporating capacity for over two million users,” said Alan Knott-Craig jnr from Project Isizwe that is responsible for deploying the network.

The City of Tshwane has a stated goal of blanketing the city with Wi-Fi coverage and has been successfully rolling out free Wi-Fi access for the citizens.

“Tshwane has made history by becoming the first metro to roll out free Wi-Fi and indeed our announcement of the provision of this service was made before the City of New York’s announcement – this is indeed a ground-breaking achievement for an African city,” Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said in his State of the Capital City Address.

Wi-Fi is seen as the ideal standard to connect people to the internet as a lack of mobile broadband spectrum for mobile operators stymies their ability to provide high speed coverage.


SA – The Good News via Fin24