TechInAfrica – The eThekwini Municipality, South Africa’s second-largest economy after Johannesburg with a population of 3.5 million people, has launched a public Wi-Fi construction plan to build 450 public Wi-Fi hotspots in the country in the next three years.
The plan includes installing hotspots in 96 public libraries, the landmark Moses Mabhida Stadium, tourism center, business centers, aquariums, seafronts, and the uShaka Marine World.
According to the municipal government IP Senior Manager Immanuel Pillay, the public Wi-Fi solution is important because it helps address the inequality issue caused by high data costs.
“As an important part of our smart city strategy, we’d like to see more people enjoying free and high-quality Wi-Fi and information services brought by the digital world,” Pillay continued.
He gave ease of access for the young people to use the internet and apply for jobs online as an example of the free Wi-Fi advantages for the community.
“This will significantly raise employment, and boost our economic development and social stability. Public Wi-Fi will also allow more people to access educational resources that were inaccessible to them, which is conducive to the development of education.”