Despite contrary belief, South African cities are certainly becoming increasingly digital and the fact that free wi-fi is continuously being made available to the masses is definitely worth noting. Realising the need to make internet accessible to the public, MyCITI (Cape Town) has partnered with VAST Networks to launch the Wi-Fi on Wheels project.
MyCiTi bus commuters in Cape Town, now have free internet access while on board. While in transit, passengers are offered up to 50 MB daily free data to use on their mobile phones, tablets or laptops. As if that’s not enough, commuters will also get access to free value-added content such as news, weather, traffic updates, and other multimedia.
“Our partnership with MyCiti will deliver a fast and seamless WiFi infrastructure to commuters, both local and international,” said Grant Marais, CEO of VAST Networks, in a statement.
Passengers also have the option of purchasing additional data using a credit card, should they exceed their daily limit. A once-off account registration is required when using the service for the first time, but users who have an existing internet account at home that includes access to public WiFi hotspots such as MWeb, AlwaysOn and G-Connect can simply log in with their details for access.
The initiative is currently being piloted in the Cape Town.