Ekurhuleni switches on free public Wi-Fi

It is in the business interest of firms to offer customers free Wi-Fi. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)
It is in the business interest of firms to offer customers free Wi-Fi. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)

Cape Town – Free Wi-Fi has come to residents of Gauteng's East Rand as the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality starts rolling out the early stages of its connectivity programme at public facilities.

Residents wanting to use the Wi-Fi can choose “Ekurhuleni Free Wi-Fi” network on a smartphone and are allowed a daily cap of 250MB. The Wi-Fi roll-out is coming to public facilities like clinics and libraries in areas such as Benoni, Boksburg, Brakpan and Springs. (See the full list of areas by clicking here.)

Officials said the network is robust and high-speed. 

“From a speed point of view we don’t put on a cap. They get a capacity of 250MB daily at unlimited speed,” Lydia Ntlhophi, divisional head of ICT business relations management in the metro told Fin24.

She said that at the launch event, 650 people connected to the Wi-Fi network at the same time and experienced a speed of 125mbps.

The network was facilitated by MMIV and Alcom which implemented the programme which is set for expansion.

“We’re planning for anything between R80m and R120m to connect 695 Ekurhuleni buildings,” said Ntlhophi.

While the programme covers 223 sites , Ntlhophi said that expansion would also include open areas.

“We have about seven big parks in the city and they will be covered.”

The free Wi-Fi roll-out in Ekurhuleni comes after similar projects in Tshwane, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Non-profit Project Isizwe has connected over 700 sites in Tshwane while the City of Joburg’s ‘Smart City’ initiative has targeted switching on 1 000 Wi-Fi points across the city by the end of 2015.

Meanwhile, Cape Town has about 170 Wi-Fi hotspots and plans to construct another 120 by the end of the year, according to André Stelzner, chief information officer for the city.

* Correction: Fin24 had earlier reported that MMIZ was a facilitating firm.

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