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South Africa: Western Cape unveils more WiFi Hubs
Source: ITWeb News
Source Date: Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 07, 2014

Connectivity at Robertson schools will go live on Friday, the NPO said. A fair use policy limits users of the hubs to a data cap of 250MB per device per day and prohibits access to pornographic Web sites.

Project Isizwe added that users would be able to access Tobetsa – the unlimited browsing portal containing government online services, as well as educational and job-searching resources such as WikiPedia, Siyavula and Gumtree.

 

Private sector input

According to Project Isizwe, Neotel's involvement in connecting Atlantis will see around 6 000 students benefit from the WiFi hubs, while the estimated capacity for the area caters for about 20 000 users.

Meanwhile, Michael Fletcher, sales director at Ruckus Wireless Sub-Saharan Africa, adds his company is among the technology contributors. "As the traditional model of education is evolving, schools and colleges are facing increasing challenges to provide higher-speed, more reliable WiFi to students, teachers and staff.

 

"New mandates such as digital textbooks and one-to-one initiatives require entire classes to concurrently get online to view material, collaborate on projects and present their work."

He says connectivity has increasingly become an integral part of education around the world.

The following schools and pupils will be reached, according to Project Isizwe:

Robertson:

 

* Langeberg Secondary School: 1 750 pupils
* Vergesig Primary School: 970 pupils
* Nqubela Secondary School: 750 pupils
* Masakheke Combined School: 453 pupils

Atlantis:

* Saxon Sea Secondary School: 1 380 pupils
* Atlantis Secondary School: 1 700 pupils
* Robinvale High School: 1 163 pupils
* Proteus Technical High School: 1 186 pupils

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