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Plans afoot to roll out free Wi-Fi in public spaces in East London

By Yolanda Palezweni - Sep 13, 2017
Plans afoot to roll out free Wi-Fi in public spaces in East London

The Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM) will be rolling out over 20 free Wi-Fi hotspots in public places around East London.

According to the Buffalo City Municipality assistant communications officer, Zanda Booi, the access points have been installed around the East London CBD, Libraries and Civic Centres across the Metro with access initially restricted to Buffalo City employees, but citizens will also soon enjoy free Wi-Fi as the City is in the process of activating public access.

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Manager, Jongikhaya Stuurman, said that controllers of the access points are currently being programmed to create a separate public access to the network for public Wi-Fi.

He added that four public outdoor access points have already been activated in Duncan Village Redevelopment Initiative (DVRI) by the Community Hall, Steers in Oxford Street, corner of Amalinda Main Road by Clarendon High School and Buffalo City College.

“The remaining 18 public outdoor points will be activated by end October 2017. The hotspots will include among others the East London City Hall, Trust Centre, Forbes, BP garage, Bisho and King Williams town,” Stuurman described.   

He said that the public will benefit from having access to free internet as it will increase access to job opportunities and information as well as decrease the digital divide.                  

The City’s network will provide the public with 250MB of data per day at a connection speed of 2 to 4 MB per second.

There will be a once-off registration required where a cell number will be authenticated for security purposes.