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Free WiFi saves Tshwane citizens up to R1bn

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Project Isizwe, responsible for implementing Tshwane’s free WiFi project, is claiming a R1-billion saving on connectivity for the metro’s citizens.
Backing up this claim, the company points out that Tshwane Free WiFi has carried 5 157Tb of data since inception in 2013.
Providing this data has cost the city R320-million.
In a statement released today, Project Isizwe calculates that 3G data would have cost users an average of 25c per Mb – for a total cost of R1 351 876 608 (or R1,3-billion) for the same amount of data consumed via WiFi.
“Instead, the City of Tshwane spent only 6c for each Mb, saving more than R1-billion in data costs while providing users with a free service that allows low-income users to improve their lives through access to the entrepreneurial and educational opportunities that the Internet provides.”