Cape Town – Those who live in and visit the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) are now able to enjoy free Wi-Fi, following the launch of an initiative by the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Dr Siyabonga Cwele on Friday, 15 April.
The launch, which took place at Uitenhage Town Library, is in partnership with the NMBM and is aimed at providing citizens with basic access to the internet to empower them for development.
Cwele confirmed in a HTXT report, the NMBM is one of six metropolitan municipalities that are partnering with the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services to rollout Wi-Fi – with the NMBM roll-out costing an estimated R6-million.
The long term vision is to “connect all government institutions in the eight districts to broadband”.
The free public Wi-Fi facilities will see individuals allocated 100mb a day on each device, with a connection speed of 10mb per second.
‘Authentic sharing of the good and the bad’
Access to Wi-Fi has become prolific in allowing tourists and individuals to share their in-destination experiences, adding a huge amount of social media authenticity to destination marketing – with Instagram being just one of the influential social media platforms, with a global reach of 75-million daily users.
Cape Town has also switched on to the benefits of free Wi-Fi, to not only improve the lives of its citizens but also to get tourists sharing their experiences. Free Wi-Fi is offered at Cape Town Station, Table Mountain Cableway has just launched a free Wi-Fi lounge on the top of Table Mountain and a Wi-Fi plan has been proposed for city’s the MyCiti Bus service.
One of Joburg’s most exciting districts, Maboneng has also been innovative in launching its isabelo smartphone charging stations. isiZulu for ‘to share’, the bench is Wi-Fi enabled and solar powered, offering people on the street everything they need for a quick smartphone top up while exploring the city… or just going about their ordinary day’s work.
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