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City’s free Wi-Fi sees communities riding the digital highway<p></p><span><br><figure class="figure-credits left"><img src="" alt="placeholder" class="responsive" style="width:512px;" /><figcaption> <p><br>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The City of Cape Town is committed to providing digital access to communities, such as free Wi-Fi both inside and outside public buildings at a number of hotspots in the city. </p><div>In October last year, the City engaged with three commercial service providers (MWEB, Orange and Internet Solutions), through a supply chain management process, to bridge the digital divide for communities throughout the metro. MWEB has provided an uncapped data service for the trial period. </div><div><br></div><div>Orange initially offered 200 MB of data service per day per person, and that has subsequently been increased to 3 GB per person per day as from 2 February 2015. </div><div><br></div><div>Internet Solutions has offered a free data service of 50 MB per day per person.​The statistics for January 2015 have revealed that Orange has attracted the highest number of clients at 9 872, followed by MWEB with 3 530 and Internet Solutions with 252. To date, the total number of unique devices accessing the network is more than 28 000.<br><br></div></span><span><div>Interestingly, although MWEB has fewer clients in comparison to Orange, the usage has been much higher. A total of 3,2 TB of data was downloaded via MWEB and 126,13 GB was used via Orange. </div><div><br></div><div>The top three applications used 1,4 TB of downloads via BitTorrent and 546,56 GB for streaming media on YouTube, while 152,99 GB was used for cloud storage on Google Drive.</div><div><br></div><div>The most used search engine was Google (42,56 GB), followed by Bing (918,38 MB) and Yahoo (408,25 MB).</div><div><br></div><div>Samsung Push Messaging, WhatsApp and Skype showed the highest usage in terms of real-time and cloud communication applications.</div><div><br></div><div>By the end of June 2015, 61 public hotspots will be available in buildings where members of the public congregate and queue for municipal services. To date, public Wi-Fi services are operational at the Hillstar administrative building, Plumstead administrative building, Harare Library in Khayelitsha, and the Cape Town Civic Centre. </div><div><br></div><div>In addition 69 Wi-Fi access points (outside) are currently operational in the Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain areas that will bring this number to 130 across the metro by June 2015. </div><div><br></div><div><span><blockquote cite=""><p> <em>​​​​"The City of Cape Town has taken the lead in digital inclusion, not only in South Africa but also on the African continent. Our new public Wi-Fi provision is a prime example of how the private sector, government and the public can make progress possible together."</em>​ <b>Xanthea Limberg</b><cite>City Mayoral Committee Member: Corporate Service</cite>​</p></blockquote></span></div><div><strong>​End</strong></div>​​</span>2015-03-08T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#10cddf5f-5949-4dd8-ae60-e17fe0e8ed99;L0|#010cddf5f-5949-4dd8-ae60-e17fe0e8ed99|Wi-Fi;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GPP|#1596e104-b1e8-47f6-9db5-263896676e0a;GP0|#4a68ac87-7186-4f0d-90f5-5560de26e45d;L0|#04a68ac87-7186-4f0d-90f5-5560de26e45d|commercial services;GP0|#029fe683-1cda-4db0-b82a-bf96ce467c79;L0|#0029fe683-1cda-4db0-b82a-bf96ce467c79|Corporate services;GP0|#374e72b0-c0e7-4f4f-ba6c-7b70810f82ed;L0|#0374e72b0-c0e7-4f4f-ba6c-7b70810f82ed|Xanthea Limberg1


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