(Tshwane) – Project Isizwe, a non-profit organisation which aims to bring Free WiFi to low-income areas across South Africa, has launched a #freewifi4all campaign to lobby government to provide free WiFi in public spaces.
Launched in 2013, Project Isizwe’s Tshwane Free WiFi currently has over 700 live sites and 1-million unique users connected at speeds averaging 15mbps. Pretoria residents are able to enjoy 500MB per device per day thanks to the initiative, along with unlimited access to educational, employment-focused, entrepreneurship and entertainment content.
In the span of two and a half years, over 776 sites have been deployed across Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal and Limpopo. This was no easy feat, as commitment was essential between the government, private sector and the project founders.
The initiative, specifically the Tshwane Free WiFi service, has since been awarded the “Best Connectivity Solution for Africa” at the 2015 AfricaCom Awards and is hailed as an innovation for high quality, yet affordable telecommunication services across the world.
Following the launch of Tshwane WiFi Voice , an app that offers users free calls over the Tshwane Free WiFi service, Project Isizwe went on to win the “Best App for Africa” at the 2015 AfricaCom Awards, beating many corporate tech giants across the continent.
Now Project Isizwe has launched an initiative to lobby government.
“Please feel free to pass on to your network, spread the word, local government elections are around the corner, the timing is perfect to put pressure on our leaders to accelerate Internet access,” says Craig Rivett, of Project Isizwe, in a statement.
The USSD for petition is *120*4252#. The Twitter hashtag is #freewifi4all. Tweet Template (copy and paste): Think free WiFi in public spaces for your community is a good idea? Sign the www.isizwe.com petition, we’ll lobby your local politician #freewifi4all
“The goal is to start a conversation, raise awareness, and use the feedback to lobby government to accelerate free Internet access in poor communities,” says Rivett. “Tshwane is already doing it. If Tshwane can do it, the rest of the country can do it.”