Johannesburg launches free Wi-Fi

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Johannesburg launches free Wi-Fi

The City of Johannesburg has relaunched its free WiFi project, which comprises 84 active Joburg Free WiFi hotspots across the city.

“Today we are re-launching the free #JoburgWiFi hotspots roll-out. This is after the free WiFi roll-out took a backseat in the past four years,” tweeted the City of Johannesburg.

The project provides Johannesburg residents with 500MB of data per day, up from 300MB the last time the city tried to launch this initiative. Speeds available through these connections are capped at 5Mbps.
 
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Good idea but 500mb of data lasts all about 30min.
We live in a time where data is cheap, with more and more data needed every day just to access one website. But the 500mb might work for those only using social applications on a mobile phone like WhatsApp
 

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Fiber is free (data-wise) so they need to bump that 500MB to something useful like 50GB. You cannot run a smart city on 500MB a month. This is the right initiative but severely crippled by that cap.

(Essentially turns this into a joke)
 

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Good idea but 500mb of data lasts all about 30min.
We live in a time where data is cheap, with more and more data needed every day just to access one website. But the 500mb might work for those only using social applications on a mobile phone like WhatsApp
30 minutes? On 5G that isn't even a Speedtest. A Speedtest on 5G uses about 800Mb.
 

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Fiber is free (data-wise) so they need to bump that 500MB to something useful like 50GB. You cannot run a smart city on 500MB a month. This is the right initiative but severely crippled by that cap.

(Essentially turns this into a joke)
Per a day, it's 500mb per a day
 

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Fiber is free (data-wise) so they need to bump that 500MB to something useful like 50GB. You cannot run a smart city on 500MB a month. This is the right initiative but severely crippled by that cap.

(Essentially turns this into a joke)
It's free.
If you want to run a smart then pay for your data.
 

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It's free.
If you want to run a smart then pay for your data.

It's important to not hype the news as if it's something. I can give you sand for free as well and you'd have a completely different response. Hyping garbage like this just encourages country's disconnect between what they think is a impressive feat and the average consumer's data demand.
 

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It's free.
If you want to run a smart then pay for your data.
A Smart City is in the CoJHB's best interest, but for that, they need to provide the infrastructure for vendors and manufacturers and businesses to invest their time and ecosystem.

500MB per day is not enough to make this worthwhile for international players. There is no money in SA, you need first world companies to come to invest in your shithole, the bare minimum you need to do is make sure there is sufficient infrastructure UNLESS you want first world companies to come to build that for you too.
 

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It's important to not hype the news as if it's something. I can give you sand for free as well and you'd have a completely different response. Hyping garbage like this just encourages country's disconnect between what they think is a impressive feat and the average consumer's data demand.
This, x100
Do not be content with sub-par infrastructure.
This is a pathetic cap knowing the backhaul is fiber.
 

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Does anyone know CoJ is planning to prevent abuse? Also see it's solar powered which is great news too.
 

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I'd love to know the muni's effective rate per GB for this. :whistling:

Anyway, for those that need it, it's a start.

Would be useful if the 500MB accumulated if unused.

They'd better have decent security at these HotSpots...
 

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A Smart City is in the CoJHB's best interest, but for that, they need to provide the infrastructure for vendors and manufacturers and businesses to invest their time and ecosystem.

500MB per day is not enough to make this worthwhile for international players. There is no money in SA, you need first world companies to come to invest in your shithole, the bare minimum you need to do is make sure there is sufficient infrastructure UNLESS you want first world companies to come to build that for you too.
Why on earth would any international investor rely on "Free wifi"? they don't come here to look for Free wifi to run companies, no company does that. Companies will understand the risk and not use it. I won't touch this "Free wifi". I'd rather pay for my internet connection and know if/when it goes down I can point to someone and get it sorted. Playing the "international investors" card isn't it. Anyway, for anything iot you won't use normal wifi, LoRA is popular for a reason. People investing in iot will know what they need to look at and they will know that a free wifi connection isn't a good thing to center your business around.
 

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It's not "Free". You're paying for it with data harvesting.
 
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