CT welcomes R220m WiFi project

A R220m project will provide WiFi to Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille in coversation with EWN. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A WiFi service provider on Friday welcomed the City of Cape Town's multimillion Rand investment into a broadband network.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille announced the R220 million project on Thursday, which will see Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha residents receive free WiFi for six months from December.

De Lille said the first phase of the project has already been completed and involves, among other things, benefits and faster telecommunication services to 25 city clinics.

She said after the six month free WiFi period a tender will be awarded to provide affordable WiFi to Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha and more disadvantaged areas.

"For the six months that we are doing the proof of concept testing sites it will be free. Once a successful model has been approved for the proof of concept we will put it out to the rest of the City of Cape Town."

De Lille believes the pilot will be a success as thorough research has been done.

"We're basing the proof of concept on the information that we've gathered through research."

A similar initiative called Project Isizwe is bringing free internet to Pretoria.

Its core focus is free WiFi for education in low-income communities

CEO and founder of the project, Alan Knott-Craig Jr said, "By 2016, Tshwane will be covered. Every city can do this. Once you've broken the seal it's really good."