Pirates love Cape Town’s free Wi-Fi

The most popular applications on Cape Town’s free Wi-Fi networks during January 2015 were BitTorrent, YouTube, and Google Drive, according to the metro’s municipality.

A total of 1.4 Terabytes was downloaded over BitTorrent, 546GB of data was used for streaming media on YouTube, while 152GB was used for cloud storage on Google Drive.

Cape Town’s free Wi-Fi services are currently provided by MWEB, Orange, and Internet Solutions. Orange attracted the most unique clients, while MWEB’s hotspots saw the most usage.

The three operators were appointed in October 2014, with the aim “to bridge the digital divide for communities throughout the metro.”

For the duration of the trial period, MWEB provided uncapped data, Orange initially offered 200MB per day per person (increased to 3GB per person per day from 2 February 2015), while Internet Solutions gives 50MB per day per person.

During January 2015, Orange’s hotspots saw 9,872 users, MWEB 3,530, and Internet Solutions 252.

“To date, the total number of unique devices accessing the network is more than 28,000,” Cape Town said.

Although MWEB had fewer clients in comparison to Orange, the total usage via its hotspots was 3.2TB, while Orange users consumed 126GB of data.

The most used search engine was Google (42.56GB), followed by Bing (918.38MB) and Yahoo (408.25MB).

Samsung Push Messaging, WhatsApp, and Skype were the most-used real-time communication applications.

Cape Town said that by the end of June 2015, 61 public hotspots will be available in buildings where members of the public congregate and queue for municipal services.

To date, public Wi-Fi services are operational at the Hillstar administrative building, Plumstead administrative building, Harare Library in Khayelitsha, and the Cape Town Civic Centre.

In addition, 69 exterior Wi-Fi access points are operational in the Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain areas.

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