The DA is looking at improving the internet speeds of the City of Tshwane’s free WiFi service, also known as Tshwifi, as part of a raft of measures it wants to introduce having taken over in the Municipal Elections.
Speaking to htxt.africa, acting Tshwane mayoral spokesperson, Matthew Gerstner, said the new DA administration will be conducting a standard review of the contracts the city has with the various Tshwifi service providers of hardware and software, including Project Isizwe, which heads the service.
Improving the speeds of the Tshwifi internet connection is part of the review to be conducted.
In July last year, Project Isizwe bumped the network speed in Tshwane up from 7mbps to 15mps, but according to Gerstner, there are still quite a number of issues with this.
“The new administration is undertaking a review of that contract, because there are at least preliminary findings that there are parts of that contract which do not result in the best value for money and coverage for the people of the City of Tshwane,” Gerstner said.
The review is part of many being done on all major projects undertaken by the city in recent years.
“Part of the review is that we want to achieve better speeds out of the free WiFi. It’s currently a concern as the speeds people are getting are just not good enough, so part of the review is working out whether the best value for money was obtained in terms of the speeds we’re getting,” Gerstner said.
Gerstner explained that reviewing the contracts will entail looking at how it concluded what was it’s scope is, what the final delivered product was whether there was any corruption.
Tshwifi is here to stay
While the DA administration does not have any clear cut plans for Tshwifi, Gerstner added that it will not be doing with it altogether, but will only be looking at whether or not it will be terminating any contracts and signing new ones with new service providers.
“We do not intend to undo the city’s free WiFi. What we want to do, is get the best value for money out of it,” Gerstner said.