The City of Tshwane, working with non-profit Project Isizwe, has increased the maximum speeds on its free Wi-Fi network to 15Mbit/s, the parties said on Wednesday.
To date, the average speed for users has been 7Mbit/s, they said.
“The network has grown to 633 sites over the past 18 months, resulting in economies of scale that can be passed to citizens in the form of faster Wi-Fi speeds without any additional cost to the city,” Project Isizwe said in a statement.
The free Wi-Fi service has seen 720 000 unique users going online since it was launched in November 2013. More than 22m sessions have been logged so far. In 2015, average monthly unique users have been 165 000.
The city has prioritised high-density areas such as educational institutions, healthcare facilities and service delivery points.
A daily cap of 250MB remains unchanged, with an average of only 7% of users reaching that limit.
The user profile is 48% female and 80% of users are under 35 years of age. More than 80% of connections are via mobile phones (11% computers and 8% tablets). – © 2015 NewsCentral Media