Patricia de Lille, Mayor of Cape Town Announces Free WiFi for 61 Public Building; says the project will boost economic growth and social cohesion in the city.
Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille has announced that sixty-one public buildings will have free WiFi by the end of June 2015. The free WiFi will be available inside public buildings through the City’s 102 SmartCape computer facilities and externally via 61 public access hotspots. It will be available at locations where the public usually queue for services.
Among the public locations to receive the free WiFi facility include clinics, administrative buildings, traffic departments, fire stations and public transport centres in areas as Langa, Nyanga, Uitsig, Valhalla Park, Athlone and Atlantis. In a press release, De Lille disclosed that each access point would the cost the City between R60, 000 and R100, 000 to install. It will also be possible for the public to access free WiFi at the Bellville, Robbie Nurocklinic and Khayelitsha Site B Youth clinics as soon as December 2014. Persons visiting the Hillstar and Plumstead administrative buildings and the Mitchells Plain and Nyanga switching centres are to benefit from free WiFi access by year’s end as well.
Speaking on the modalities of bringing such a deal to fruition, the Mayor revealed a partnership was in place with three commercial service providers namely MWEB, Internet Solutions and Orange, to increase internet connectivity access to communities across the city that had lacked access. She said “The partnership with Orange is a first for the Paris-based international communications giant in South Africa; they will offer a free 200MB data bundle per day. Internet Solutions will offer a free data bundle of 50 MB per day, while MWEB will provide an uncapped data bundle for a trial period.”
De Lille stated that the public Wi-Fi project gives credence to the City’s commitment to the provision of broadband connectivity to all its citizens, which she said would create an enabling environment for business development, economic growth and social cohesion.