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Free Wi-Fi for Mdantsane residents

Free Wi-Fi for Mdantsane residents

Free-ad Wi-Fi is coming soon for Mdantsane residents all thank you to Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA).

As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme MBSA will be rolling out free ad-funded Wi-fi in Mdantsane as part of its partnership and already signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Metro.

Speaking broadly about the project, MBSA spokesperson Asanda Fongqo said, “The rationale behind choosing Mdantsane is that the majority of our employees reside there, approximately 70 percent of our employees are from Mdantsane.”

“The project is however not only targeting our employees but the broader community. We have already identified five sites where we initially be installing Wi-Fi points.”

“We plan to implement this initiative on a phased approach, with the first phase (pilot phase) starting with five sites that include, Kuyasa Shopping Centre, Mdantsane Park at Highway Taxi Rank, one primary school which is currently supported by MBSA two butcheries,” added Fongqo.

Each of the installations will cover a 350-meter radius.

Adding to that, Head of Directorate for Economic Development and Agencies Noludwe Ncokazi said, “This is great for the relationship that we already have with MBSA, the Metro is going be part of a project that will bring change to many citizens of this City. BCMM will also be granted a dashboard report to monitor the usage of the Wi-Fi for our own planning purposes.”

According to Fonqo, MBSA has appointed View4Mahala as their service provider and implementing agent who has advised that this platform will be paid for through advertising.

“View4Mahala also confirmed that they will not be using the City’s network but will install their network points in the strategic locations. The agent will have a four-to-eight technical response period for faults that are reported and also assist in the monitoring as they have paid for the time slots.”

According to a Municipal Report, the service provider will not be storing the details of the users but will keep generic statistics to generate a dashboard for advertisers and this is one of the features the MBSA has committed to consider in the process.

Each user will get up to 15MB with restrictions such as blocked access to pornography sites among other restricted internet platforms.

MBSA team is expected from mid-February to install the Wi-fi points and they anticipate that everything will start rolling out early in March 2018.



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