More than 13 600 clients have signed up to capitalise on the free Wi-Fi provided by the City of Cape Town, downloading more than 3.2 terabytes of data in just one month. BitTorrent and Facebook top the list of most commonly used applications.
The City teamed up with the likes of Orange, MWEB and Internet Solutions in October last year which resulted in digital access to communities, such as free Wi-Fi both inside and outside public buildings at a number of hotspots in the city.
The most used search engine was Google followed by Bing and Yahoo. Samsung Push Messaging, WhatsApp and Skype showed the highest usage in terms of real-time and cloud communication applications.
By the end of June 2015, 61 public hotspots will be available in buildings where 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 Wi-Fi access points (outside) are currently operational in the Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain areas that will bring this number to 130 across the metro by June 2015.
According to the City their new public Wi-Fi provision is a prime example of how the private sector, government and the public can make progress possible together.