Free Wi-Fi is the way to go for Africa
Free internet is a real possibility for Africa – that is i f the continent’s governments can be persuaded to see the sense of such a development.
Project Isiz we, which is led by ex-iBurst and Mxit boss Alan KnottCraig Jr, is one such initiative.
If he has his way the continent’s governments will in future provide free Wi-Fi and, by extension, universal access to the internet.
African governments generally understand and accept that the internet is a critical enabler of socioeconomic development. But many of t hese governments have been very slow off the mark because of a multiplicity of problems that include poor networks and inadequate energy supplies.
Project Isizwe, an NGO, has proved that by deploying reliable networks, free Wi-Fi works well, especially in public spaces.
Project Isizwe’s solution has changed internet connectivity in the City of Tshwane (CoT) and has enabled thousands of people in low-income communities to be part of the digital world.
Project Isizwe also allows commuters to access free Wi-Fi while travelling on the city’s new bus rapid transit system, A Re Yeng.
A Re Yeng buses are equipped with a connection of 250MB of free Wi-Fi per device per day. For now, this service is only available between Pretoria central and Hatf ield. It will, however, be