City of Tshwane allocates R300mil to expand free WiFi project

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A massive R300 million from the City of Tshwane 2015/16 budget has been allocated to its free WiFi project, executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa has said.

Ramokgopa made the announcement this morning during the City of Tshwane Budget Speech 2015 at the Sammy Marks Council Chamber.

The mayor said this was to make sure that the city sticks to its commitment to make free WiFi a basic service.

He also revealed the City of Tshwane’s ambitious plans to have every resident connected to the network which is hosted and run by Project Isizwe and to make sure more residents are within walking distance of a WiFi hotspot.

According to stats given by the mayor, only 14.7% of residents are within walking distance of a hotspot.

At the State of the Capital Address delivered last Thursday, Ramokgopa said that 575 WiFi sites are currently operational across the city, with 50 more to be added by the end of the financial year and 1 848 in the next 18 months.

Ramokgopa had also mentioned that 560 000 unique users have been registered since launch in 2013 and there is an average of 152 000 people accessing the service per month.

“Our secret to success has been in ensuring that costs are kept low, beginning with small successes with respect to the initial deployment of Wi-Fi, and in accelerating the speed of the project over short periods of time,” the mayor said in his State of the Capital address.

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