All Smartcape Wi-Fi zones offer a free daily data quota, with which you can surf the Internet, check your emails, browse social media and stream KBRadio.
Cape Town’s capital budget for its broadband network rollout project was R218 million for the 2016/17 financial year, of which R33 million sas been spent on rolling out a wireless network.
This was in line with the City of Cape Town plans to expand its free Internet network WiFi zones.
Most of this budget has been dedicated to installing fibre-optic cables and switching capacity in areas such as Harare, Kuyasa, Khayelitsha, Atlantis, Delft, Lentegeur, Site C, Mitchells Plain, Nyanga, Hanover Park and Seawinds.
Xanthea Limberg (Councillor and Mayoral committee member for corporate services and compliance) stated that: “Digital access for communities can no longer be viewed as a privilege but more as a necessity. The city will therefore continue to honour its commitment to provide free WiFi across communities by operating WiFi zones both inside and outside public buildings, and extending these to public spaces across the city.”
“My view is that access to cost-effective and high-speed Internet is essential to connecting residents with economic opportunities, and with online news, social media and other services. It is an important foundation for our budding entrepreneurs. Today, running a business does not mean that you have to be confined to an office. It can be effectively managed while on the go.”
Anyone with a Wi-Fi enabled device can use the service. Mobile phones that are within the coverage area of any of the 384 sites in the Western Cape will be able to use the limited free Wi-Fi service.
The roll out plans is:
- Phase 1: 50 hotspots deployed during the 2015/16 financial year,
- Phase 2: 100 hotspots deployed during the 2016/17 financial year, and
- Phase 3: The remaining 234 hotspots being deployed during the 2017/18 financial year.
A number of the MyCiTi buses are also equipped with Wi-Fi allowing you to browse the Internet while you travel. Look out for the “Wi-Fi available here” sign on certain buses.
How to connect:
- Go to device settings on your Wi-Fi enabled device.
- Turn on Wi-Fi.
- Search for Wi-Fi Networks.
- Select NeoHotspot.
- Click Connect.
- Start browsing!