The Free State Provincial Government and Cell C have inked a deal that will pave the way to public access Wi-Fi for the province’s citizens.
Internet access and digital literacy will improve education. This proposed project will offer more South African citizens with faster and more reliable Internet access, especially those from deprived communities.
The Premier of the Free State, Sisi Ntombela, stated, ‘’We firmly believe that there is a positive correlation between the availability of internet access and the social and economic advancement of communities.”
The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will allow Cell C’s public access Internet hotspots around the province supported by Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi platform. Facebook Express Wi-Fi will help Cell C bring fast, cheaper and reliable internet access to the Free State public and the MOA with the Province reflects the success of the project already running in other parts of the country.
On the other hand, the CEO of Cell C, Douglas Craigie Stevenson, declared, “We are pleased to be working with the Province in the first stages of this proposed project. Cell C’s aim is to bring as many South Africans as possible into the digital economy and give them every advantage through the technologies we can provide.”