A joint statement released by the Western Cape provincial government, along with Liquid Telecommunications SA revealed that Western Cape residents will soon receive access to three gigabytes of data for every device they own on a monthly basis. This new development forms part of a R3-billion plan to expand connectivity at schools, provincial libraries, clinics, and offices and will apply throughout all municipalities in the province with 1600 new wifi hotspots on the way.
The statement also said that the connection speed will be five times faster than is right now and anyone with Wi-Fi-enabled devices will be able to access the network without the request of logins or passwords. The Western Cape currently has the highest levels of internet access in the entire country.
Most people and communities in rural, remote areas rely heavily on mobile phones to stay in touch and conduct business. Since mobile broadband costs are still very high to many citizens, public access Wi-Fi networks present an opportunity for citizens to connect, not only to each other but also to employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.” – Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille
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