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City unveils free Wi-Fi hotspot at Elsies River Clinic<div>​​The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services and Compliance, Councillor Xanthea Limberg, unveiled the City’s 190th Wi-Fi hotspot situated at the Elsies River Clinic on Thursday, 24 March 2016.</div><div><br></div><div>‘Access to cost-effective and high-speed internet is an important foundation for entrepreneurs to start up their businesses. Today, running a business does not mean that you have to be confined to an office. It can be effectively managed while on the go. We therefore see broadband connectivity as one of the critical requirements to creating an enabling environment for economic growth, development and inclusion. </div><div> </div><div>'It has become a necessity in today’s environment and is no longer a privilege. Digital access has often previously been out of reach for a number of communities. A lack of internet access can mean missed opportunities and prevent many people from achieving their dreams. Our Wi-Fi roll-out seeks to address that,’ said Councillor Limberg.</div><div> </div><div>Free Wi-Fi boosts access to information for all</div><div> </div><div>The roll-out of free Wi-Fi is aligned with the National Development Plan objectives to provide seamless information infrastructure that will underpin a dynamic and connected vibrant information society, and a knowledge economy that is more inclusive, equitable and prosperous.</div><div> </div><div>‘We are in the process of infrastructure upgrades at a number of our clinics and I am pleased that they have been included in the digital inclusion project for free Wi-Fi. Our health facilities attract a large number of residents on a daily basis and the free Wi-Fi will be a welcome option for them to keep occupied while waiting. The availability of this secondary service will help to ensure that our residents have a more pleasant experience at our facilities.</div><div> </div><div>Universal Boradband Network Strategy</div><div> </div><div>‘The new Wi-Fi zone provision has been made possible by the City’s investment in broadband fibre-optic infrastructure, as part of our Universal Broadband Network Strategy which is geared towards rolling out broadband infrastructure throughout the city. </div><div> </div><div>‘We would like to acknowledge and thank our partners in the private sector who have helped to bring this project to fruition. This public Wi-Fi provision is a prime example of how the private sector, government and the public can make progress possible, together,’ added Councillor Limberg.</div><div> </div><div>The roll-out of the wireless network seeks to bridge the digital divide, in line with the City’s vision to become the leading digital city in Africa.</div>2016-03-28T22:00:00ZGP0|#e3c03ac1-845c-4119-815d-e796340463ba;L0|#0e3c03ac1-845c-4119-815d-e796340463ba|Community news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#1596e104-b1e8-47f6-9db5-263896676e0a;L0|#01596e104-b1e8-47f6-9db5-263896676e0a|subcouncil;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#d6221a4a-1b5b-4666-a104-26d9aacdb863;L0|#0d6221a4a-1b5b-4666-a104-26d9aacdb863|broadband technology;GP0|#029fe683-1cda-4db0-b82a-bf96ce467c79;L0|#0029fe683-1cda-4db0-b82a-bf96ce467c79|Corporate services1


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