Green Point offers free Wi-Fi

2013-09-18 07:26
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Cape Town - Green Point residents and visitors have been granted access to a free public Wi-Fi hotspot.

The access point is located at St Andrew's Square about 1km from the city centre of Cape Town and the service was launched on 12 September.

"We are constantly looking for ways to make Green Point a more accessible and attractive place to live, work and play, so it’s wonderful to have the free Wi-Fi up and running," said Marc Truss, Green Point City Improvement District (GPCID) CEO.

The GPCID has worked with the City of Cape Town to produce the service.

Despite the promise of higher speed Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile networks, Wi-Fi is increasingly being used as a high-speed alternative while LTE rollout is being frustrated by the lack of spectrum allocation.

Metros like the City of Cape and Tshwane have been actively making Wi-Fi available to residents.

Tshwane made no bones about its intention to drive Wi-Fi and internet access as a priority.

"The purpose of this initiative is to bring Wi-Fi connectivity to every household, every street and every corner," the city said.

World Bank figures show that for every 10% increase in mobile penetration, there is a corresponding 0.8% increase in gross domestic product (GDP).

The service in Green Point mirrors a similar project in the Company Gardens and a pilot project in Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain on the Cape Flats.

The Wi-Fi service is unlimited and users simply select "GreenPointCID- FreeWi-Fi" when they are within the effective zone.

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