The plan to rescue Tshwane’s free Wi-Fi

The City of Tshwane said it is putting its free Wi-Fi offering on a lawful and sustainable footing.

It has approved an amendment to the contract between it and Project Isizwe to maintain the quality and reach of the Wi-Fi project.

“The City has now successfully responded to address the Auditor-General’s findings against the way free Wi-Fi was initially procured,” said Cilliers Brink, a member of the mayoral committee for corporate and shared services.

The amended agreement will run until December, which lets the City put the operation and maintenance of the network out to tender, or find other means of maintaining the service without relying on a sole supplier.

The City and Project Isizwe will also continue to test the commercial potential of free Wi-Fi as an advertising space.

Tshwane has budgeted R88.5 million for the project in the 2017/18 financial year, but Brink said it is impossible to sustain the free Wi-Fi while expanding the network.

“Our aim is therefore to seek commercial investments and partnerships to perfect the free Wi-Fi model.”

Recent tests by MyBroadband showed download speeds of between 0.05Mbps and 0.36Mbps, and upload speeds of between 0.02Mbps and 0.49Mbps, on the network.

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