CAPE TOWN – More than 6 million residents in the Western Cape will benefit from the Western Cape government’s plan to expand public wifi service, set to create employment for up to 60 people a month.
The Western Cape government announced its partnership with Liquid Telecommunications SA (LTSA) in Cape Town yesterday which will further extend this advantage by expanding the number of limited free public wifi hotspots at government buildings to 1 600.
Premier Helen Zille said the project forms part of a R3 billion plan to expand on broadband connectivity in the Western Cape government libraries, schools, clinics and offices and helps to position the region as a leading global digital hub.
As of December the new expanded public wifi network will be available across all municipalities and now with a boost of 3GB of data per device a month, at speeds five times faster than the current service.
Zille said households in the Western Cape already had the highest internet access in the country at 70.8 percent, according to StatsSA 2018.