“Instead of owning infrastructure, [-]Tshwane[/-] rate payers pays for a Wi-Fi service. The service is managed by a strict service level agreement. This alleviates the city of hiring people and staying abreast of one of the fastest moving technology curves in the world,” he added.
Two different strategies. Either can work. Mini-AKC has a point that this is not the traditional domain of authorities.
However, I think (and please correct me) that CT rolled it out in conjunction with their fibre network, so they had to install the backbone to government buildings anyway. This was done in cooperation with private investors and service providers.
The proof of the pudding will be the actual cost of data provided over a year. In the case of Pta it will be number of GB's x rate. For CT it will be repayment on infrastructure, minus proportion used for government (municipal/provincial) use.