Citizens of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro will now be able to connect to free WiFi internet.
Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Dr Siyabonga Cwele officially switched on the connection today.
“The connection to the internet we have provided to sites that have been connected today has become an essential resource in today’s modern economy that none of us can afford to live without. This launch of our free public WiFi affirms our commitment as government to the National Development Plan’s vision of a robust information society and knowledge economy that is both inclusive and prosperous,” the Minister said.
According to the minister, the government has invested around R6 million towards connecting as many people as possible, and added that the licensing department, the Customer Care Centre and the Public Library has been connected to WiFi.
“As we are gathered here today the community of Uitenhage will benefit from a connected library and Customer Care Centre at the municipal offices. These are part of 19 sites which will be connected throughout the metro as a part of this initiative,” he said.
Once you connect to the free WiFi offering where it is available, you will be allocated 100MB per day on each device that you connect to the WiFi, and the connection has been clocked at 10Mbps.
Cwele went on to explain that the free WiFi project is being implemented across six different metros, and this is only the start of Phase One. President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address in 2015 announced that all government institutions will be connected to broadband – of which this is part of.
“We have developed a business case for Phase 2 of the project to connect all the government institutions in the country. The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro will be covered by the implementation in this second phase of implementation,” he added.
“I am confident that the free public Wi-Fi we have provided will indeed change your lives.”
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