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VAST Networks to connect 1,5m township residents

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VAST Networks is set to give 1,5-million Gauteng township residents an affordable alternative to access the Internet.
Currently in more than 2 000 high-density locations in transport hubs, malls, office parks and townships across South Africa, VAST is focused on providing more South Africans with an option for affordable internet access.
“Our partnerships approach continues to be a critical component of expanding our network coverage and delivering quality and speeds that are of the highest standards. We pride ourselves on the fibre-quality internet we are able to provide our Wi-Fi users, especially those in high-density areas,” says Grant Marais, CEO of VAST Networks.
Subsequently, ubiquitous internet access for all South Africans was a key theme at a roundtable discussion hosted by VAST in Diepsloot today. Together with industry, community and media representatives, VAST further explored barriers to internet access and potential solutions that could support the commercial and individual opportunities that come with connectivity.
With affordability being a key inhibitor to internet adoption, specific emphasis was placed on underprivileged communities and how Wi-Fi access could boost entrepreneurial activities, support access to education, enhance skills development and drive job creation.
“We are cognisant of the tremendous opportunities for socio-economic empowerment specifically within township communities. Our current footprint includes over 2 000 venues and is growing daily in locations in areas such as Diepsloot, Alexandra and Katlehong with plans to roll out hundreds more by mid-2017,” adds Marais.