Free Wireless Community Networks, also known as Wireless User Groups (WUGs), have grown steadily over the past few years in most major cities in the country.
These wireless networks operate through Wi-Fi connectivity nodes and offer members a range of free services like online gaming, VoIP services and discussion rooms.
These Wi-Fi networks rely heavily on Line of Sight (LOS) to ensure good signal quality and hence good performance, and a high site is therefore typically needed in regions where users want to connect to the network.
Large parts of Pretoria, Johannesburg and Midrand are currently covered by the Johannesburg Area Wireless User Group (JAWUG) and the Pretoria Wireless User Group (PTAWUG), but to date Soweto has not had a dedicated high site to serve this large neighborhood in Gauteng.
This is however set to change with the building of a high site which will form the foundation of the newly established Soweto Wireless User Group (SOWUG).
MyBroadband sponsored the equipment needed to build the Soweto high site, and according to SOWUG founders Jabulani Vilakazi and Nkosinathi Mashinini the three-sector Wi-Fi tower is set for completion this month.
This site will be hosted on top of the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital which promises to provide excellent coverage of a large part of Soweto.
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