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If Internet use proliferates in Africa at the rate mobile phones did in the
early 2000s, the continent stands to add as much as $300 billion to its
economic growth by 2025, a new study by the McKinsey Global
Institute has found. While most internet connections occur at home or
at the workplace, a number of companies and cities have started
initiatives to provide cities, towns and suburbs with free Wi-Fi access.
IT News Africa has compiled a list of 10 places across Africa that have
either already implemented free Wi-Fi or have free access initiaitives in
the pipeline.
1. Tshwane, South Africa
With Alan Knott-Craig Jnr as the CEO and founder of Project Isizwe, the
project is a non-profit which aims to bring the internet to people across
South Africa, by facilitating the roll-out of free Wi-Fi for public spaces in
low income communities. “The focus is to cover open public spaces
around educational institutions within low income communities, as well
as congested metropolitan areas. Our Pilot Projects currently are in
Stellenbosch and Tshwane (Pretoria),” the company explained. “Isizwe
helps Governments plan, roll-out and maintain Free Wi-Fi networks,
helping to trigger a ‘multiplier effect’ on the economy and creating
employment,” they revealed.
2. Cape Town – South Africa
The Western Cape government’s free Wi-Fi pilot project was
announced in March this year, with a roll-out starting in the
community of Delft. The suburb of Cape Town will be one of four to
benefit from the City’s free Wi-Fi project, with the others including
Atlantis, Robertson and the Garden Route. “Through this pilot, 90,000
people in four spaces in the Western Cape are going to be connected
to the internet. ” says Western Cape finance, economic development
and tourism MEC Alan Winde.
3. Stellenbosch – Western Cape, South Africa
In collaboration with Stellenbosch University, Alan Knott-Craig Jnr’s
aforementioned Project Isizwe aims to pilot free Wifi in Stellenbosch.
The second phase of the roll-out came into effect in March last year. “It
truly is passion-driven, and an indication of how keen we are as a
community in assisting in closing the digital gap,” said the project’s
Carinus Lemmer.
4. Nakuru County – Kenya
Nakuru became the first town in Kenya to offer its citizens access to
free Wi-Fi through a partnership between the State House Digital Team
and the Nakuru county government. Nakuru is only the third African
city to provide such a service. “The business community can use the
internet to conduct international trade while university and college
students can get free study materials,” State House director of digital
media and diaspora communication Dennis Itumbi said. The project
reportedly cost $2 million.
5. Kigali – Rwanda
A Smart Kigali initiative launched in September last year will allow
citizens to access free Wi-Fi at designated spots around the city.
Access is provided through a partnership between government
agencies the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) and the
Rwanda Development Board (RDB), as well as the Rwanda Hotel and
Restaurant Association, the City of Kigali and internet service providers
(ISPs). “Smart Kigali will significantly contribute towards delivering
better services. We want internet broadband to be accessible for
everyone to be able to access information anytime,” said Jean Philbert
Nsengimana, Minister for Youth and ICT.
6. Murtala Muhammad Airport Two – Lagos, Nigeria
Lagos’ Murtala Muhammad Airport Two (MMA2) has introduced a free
Wi-Fi project that will allow passengers to access the internet for free
within the airport terminal. According to Bi-Courtney Aviation Services
Limited, this type of offering is the first of its kind in Africa. The project
is a collaboration between BASL, iWayafrica and MultiChoice Nigeria.
“We’re really making the travel experience unique. We are the only
airport terminal in Africa to offer free WiFi to passengers. We are the
only airport in Nigeria with live arrivals and departures on the net and
this is just the beginning. When it comes to working, investing and
maintaining in the interest of the Nigerian public, we will make sure we
remain far ahead,” said spokesman Steve Omolale-Ajulo on behalf of
BASL.
7. Nigeria – countrywide
Nigeria’s Visafone Communications, a leading Code Division and
Multiple Access (CDMA) operator has launched a free service, that will
see its subscribers enjoy free WiFi hotspots all over Nigeria. Although
the project is only aimed at existing Visafone customers, Managing
Director Sailesh Iyer said it would provide customers with fast internet
on a range of devices. “Visafone customers can walk into any of the 18
designated Visafone shops in Nigeria between 8.00am to 6.00pm;
Mondays- Fridays with their laptops, ipads, iphones, tablets and other
WiFi enabled devices to enjoy a superb browsing experience.”
8. AlwaysOn – Africa
Wi-Fi provider AlwaysOn announced last year that all African Samsung
customers will be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi at AlwaysOn hotspots across
the continent at no charge. “The Samsung AlwaysOn promotion
provides Samsung Wi-Fi enabled smart devices purchased in South
Africa with 1GB of free AlwaysOn Wi-Fi data every month for 12
months,” they explained. Although the promotion is only available for a
one-year period from registration, Samsung users will be able to top up
their accounts with more data after the promotion period ends.
9. Lagos – Nigeria
In September last year, Oxygen Broadband Networks partnered with
restaurant chain Chicken Republic to provide free high-speed internet
access in a number of outlets across the Lagos region. “With the
Oxygen network, customers can have access to Internet hotspots
across the city, giving them the freedom to work or play on the go,”
explained Chief Executive and Co-founder of Oxygen Broadband
Wande Adalemo.
10. South Africa
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While the website does not provide free Wi-Fi, it does however display
all the free hot-spots in South Africa where. “Our mission is to help you
find free Wi-Fi spots around South Africa,” the company states. The
website currently lists 1932 locations in 57 cities, with the majority of
hot-spots being located in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The
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