Tshwane’s free Wi-Fi in trouble

Tshwane’s free Wi-Fi project is at risk of being shut down, according to a report by IOL.

The report stated that the service provider claims not to have been paid. This may result in disconnections across the metro.

The team behind the Wi-Fi project, Project Isizwe, said certain areas may be cut off on 1 June due to the lack of payment, as it was “already forced to run services in some areas at its own cost”.

“From June 1, free Internet zones that are out of contract will need to be switched off and the full network will operate on contractual obligations,” stated a report on the matter.

The report was compiled as the contract between the City of Tshwane and Project Isizwe comes to an end in December 2017.

Executive mayor Solly Msimanga said the contract was “muddied in terms of how it was scheduled” and that negotiations were underway.

He said the city has no plans to cancel the free Wi-Fi service.

This report follows the Auditor General declaring the R180 million spent by the City of Tshwane on the Wi-Fi project “unlawful and irregular expenditure” in December 2016.

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