The Tshwane Free WiFi network will be soon be expanding with some exciting new additions. Project Isizwe COO, Zahir Khan and CIIO, James Devine reveal what the city has planned.
Isizwe COO, Zahir Khan talks about expansion plans for Tshwane’s Free WiFi
Speaking at the ITWeb WiFi Innovation Summit, Project Isizwe co-founder and CIIO James Devine revealed the City of Tshwane has decided to roll out an additional 1 848 Free WiFi Zones across the city, to add to the 575 current active sites. This means providing a free WiFi hotspot within walking distance of every citizen within the 18 months.
“In an urban environment, there will be a WiFi hotspot within 1km of every single person in the City of Tshwane,” Devine said, adding that in the rural context this would mean placing a free Internet zone within 5km of every person.
Isizwe also provides a video-on-demand (VOD) service over the network, called WiFi TV. This is a community initiative produced and delivered by young citizen journalists.
WiFi Chat, a curated chat service which enables users to talk directly to the municipality in and around the City of Tshwane, was recently added to the mix.
“The City of Tshwane is now taking the stance that free WiFi is a basic service. No matter who you are, or how much you earn, you all get access to the same amount of information once you get onto the Internet. And with the right information, you can make the right decisions.” says Devine.