Project Isizwe has announced that Wi-Fi hotspots will be introduced around Parliament for journalists and guests attending the State of the Nation Address.
While South African parliament might be more synonymous with blocking internet access than providing it – as the Signal Blocking debacle of 2015 proved – Project Isizwe have another idea in mind for 2017.
Project Isizwe – the non-profit most recognised for introducing free Wi-Fi throughout the City of Tshwane – has moved to introduce several Wi-Fi hotspots around the Parliamentary precinct for both visting guests and journalists to make use of.
“I think traditionally, this kind of Wi-Fi access isn’t usually the norm and we want to make the movement and the freedom of information the hot topic, the ability to be able to connect and get the information out as fast as possible, hence we are providing this”, Peter Adolphs, the marketing manager at Project Isizwe, commented in a press statement.
“In partnership with GCIS, GovChat, Project Isizwe, Neotel and hardware provider Ruckus, we will provide an unrestricted, network provider for all participants of SONA, including press, with a very fast (20 megabyte) line. They will have full access to fast internet and we think it is gonna be a very exciting partnership going forward.”
Adolphs cited the genesis for the roll-out came from an existing partnership with GOV Chat – a social media platform that encourages active engagement with local government.
“Through that relationship, we asked a question – why shouldn’t we not provide a free Wi-Fi network to the people attending SONA this week, as well as the media, as a method to show the advantages of having the fast, reliable internet access within this space?”, Adolphs revealed.
Adolphs further commented that Project Isizwe would produce content items around the State of the Nation Address, and would further furnish video material through Tshwane’s video-on-demand citizen journalism project, TshWi-Fi TV.
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