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Cell C and Facebook Launch Public Free WiFi Hotspots in South Africa

Ola Olaoluwa
Ola Olaoluwa

South African Mobile Operator, Cell C and social media giant, Facebook have partnered with Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM) in the Western Cape of South Africa to launch express public access hotspots, as part of a scheme to roll out Wi-Fi hotspots across SA.

Reports say the move is another step in Cell C's ongoing initiative to deploy free WiFi hotspots to marginalised communities, students and all in need of free, reliable connectivity in South Africa.

A Cell C office building. Photo Credit: ITNewsAfrica

The Saldanha Bay Municipality is the second Municipality to make its infrastructure available to the Programme, after The City of Cape Town.

“We are aiming at an additional 300 Access points in the Metro by the end of December 2020. Alongside that, we’re aiming at having another 100 access points or more with the SBM in the first quarter next year as we expand to other towns in the same Municipality,” says Schalk Visser, Cell C’s CTO

The open access fibre network will enable connectivity for all residents of the Saldanha Bay Municipality, and will surely bolster the region’s basic utility service delivery and further its infrastructural development.

South Africa In Focus

Population: $58.5 million (Compared to Nigeria's 200.9 million)

GDP: $351.4 billion (Compared to Nigeria's $448.12 billion)

GDP Per Capita: $6,040 billion (Compared to Nigeria's $2,030)

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Ola Olaoluwa

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