Internet

Zim Laws to Curb Cyber-Crime

A government official has announced that Zimbabwe is crafting cyber laws to regulate activities on social media in order to protect its citizens and the state from cybercrimes.

Speaking to the parliamentary portfolio committee on Information Communication Technology, Cecilia Nyamutswa, Postal and Telecommunication Authority of Zimbabwe’s director for legal services, stated that that draft bills were ready and would soon be transmitted to the Attorney-General's office for legal direction and finalisation.

Universal Internet With Free Wi-Fi for WC

The Western Cape provincial government intends to offer universal access to the internet to all its residents as it drives public access Wi-Fi.
 
MEC for Economic Opportunities in the Western Cape, Alan Winde, points out that, "By 2030 all households in high, medium and low priority wards should have access to the internet by means of various technologies such as public WiFi access, and/or mobile network connectivity."
 

Facebook Offers Free Internet Access

Facebook is launching a mobile application to give users in Zambia free access to a handful of online services on mobile phones, to broaden an effort of boosting Internet usage in underdeveloped countries.
 
In partnership with wireless operator Airtel, the Internet.org application will offer more than a dozen services including online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, websites devoted to weather, job listings and health information, as well as Facebook's own social network and messaging service.
 

Tshwane Expands Free Wi-Fi Service

The City of Tshwane is racing ahead with its public Wi-Fi service with the launch of the second phase of the project which will see an increase to over 200 Internet hotspots.

Alan Knott-Craig jnr, the brains behind Project Isizwe which is responsible for deploying the network, points out that: “Today we launched Phase 2 of Tshwane Free Wi-Fi, over 200 new sites with capacity for 5 000 users per site (total capacity of over one million users), and announced the start of Phase 3 deployment incorporating capacity for over two million users."

Wi-Fi Hotspots for the Disadvantaged

The technological advancement in South Africa in terms of the digital device has made Telkom payphones review their public phones and introduce the Wi-Fi hot spots at a radius of 10 metres.

In 1994, only 15 percent of South Africans had access to telephony, thus payphones were of more help to the citizens.

The major reason for this project to be launched is to help citizens that are disadvantaged in terms of internet access.

Google’s Low Cost Smartphone Announced

Google has announced that it is working on a low-cost smartphone aimed at emerging markets as part of an initiative called Android One.

Google senior vice president, Sundar Pichai, points out that the Android-powered handset will be built with a basic set of features including FM radio, have a screen slightly smaller than five inches (12.7 centimetres) and be priced at R1 000).

Free Wi-Fi for Johannesburg

The City of Johannesburg has embarked on a collaboration with the CIDA City Campus University that will enable the training of 3 000 Digital Ambassadors to assist with the role-out of 1 000 free WiFi hotspots around the metropole.

Currently in the Big Apple, Johannesburg Mayor, Parks Tau, signed a memorandum of understanding with New York-based firm, Africa Integras that will fund the initial phase of the training.

MWEB Launches Free ‘Wi-Fi in Durban

Durbanites will now have access to free Wi-Fi in Florida Road as MWEB rolls out the first of its Wi-Fi activated high streets.

The internet service provider announced that it has launched a Wi-Fi hotspot in the famous street in the city to provide customers with high-speed data access to the Internet.

However, unlike traditional hotspots, the MWEB installation keeps users connected throughout the length of the street.

Free Wi-Fi at South African Taxis

The South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) has announced that it will be providing free wi-fi to commuters in taxis and around taxi ranks.

According to reports, while the project has been spearheaded by the taxi association, it is being implemented through a collaboration between Telkom.

Telkom will be providing the connections and Wi-Taxi South Africa will be responsible for the infrastructure.

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