The City of Tshwane will soon offer free Wi-Fi connectivity in selected areas around Pretoria.
The first phase of the project, which will provide free connectivity to five locations by the end of November, will cover the Tshwane University of Technology’s Soshanguve campus, the University of Pretoria’s Hatfield campus, Tshwane North College, Mamelodi Community Centre and Church Square in the Pretoria CBD.
Phase two of the project will begin in early 2014 and focus on providing Wi-Fi coverage to schools in Soshanguve, Mamelodi and Atteridgeville.
It’s hoped the project will provide free Wi-Fi access to all government schools and tertiary institutions by 2016.
The initiative forms part of the city’s information and communications technology (ICT) strategy, another key element of which is turning Pretoria into a “smart city” using ICT to enhance the delivery of basic services, improve revenue collection (and generate new revenue), stimulate economic growth and attempt to bridge the “digital divide”.
Further plans include rolling out smart metering systems, intelligent traffic management systems and improving public safety.
In the past two years, the city has connected 100 municipal offices, libraries and customer care centres. It now intends expanding this coverage to include schools and public areas.
Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa says the city understands the socioeconomic value of increasing connectivity and making it readily available to citizens. The city intends laying fibre and other infrastructure as part of municipal construction projects to preempt future demand.
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