Cape Flats residents in Cape Town, South Africa now have access to unlimited free WiFi, courtesy of Google. Over 100 WiFi towers, called Google Stations, were launched by Google South Africa across Langa, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Delft, Elsies River, and Philippi on Thursday.
Google Africa director Nitin Gajria said the areas represent some of the most under-served communities in the country, with high unemployment and crime rates. “By gaining access to information via the internet, we hope that people in these communities will get a more equal opportunity to learn and develop and live more empowered lives,” Gajria said.
Google said the WiFi will be accessible in residences, public areas, universities, transportation hubs and shopping malls. Alongside its WiFi rollout, Google also announced a $1 million (roughly R14.7 million) investment in South Africa to support the economic empowerment of girls and women.
Business Insider South Africa previously reported that Cell C is hoping to use lamp posts, bus stops, transport hubs and council-owned buildings in Cape Town as WiFi hotspots. The telecommunications company signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the City of Cape Town last October, but no timelines for the project were given.
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