Cell C and Facebook to launch public hotspot in South Africa

Cell C and Facebook announced a new partnership with Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM) in the Western Cape of South Africa to launch express public access hotspots, which is part of the plan to roll out wifi hotspots across the country.

“We are currently rolling out to all the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in the metro, and looking for new opportunities that are aligned to the Municipal Model,” says Schalk Visser, Cell C’s CTO.

“We are aiming at an additional 300 Access points in the Metro by the end of December 2020. Alongside that, we’re aiming at having another 100 access points or more with the SBM in the first quarter next year as we expand to other towns in the same Municipality.”

“One of the strategic objectives of Saldanha Bay Municipality is to be an innovative municipality on the cutting edge in respect of the use of technology and best practice,” says Alderman Marius Koen, Executive Mayor of Saldanha Bay.
“With local government being the key to the tangible, on‐the‐ground service delivery strategy of the government, one of our nation’s most pressing challenges has become the need to strengthen local government and thereby further empower its citizens,” added the Executive Mayor of Saldanha Bay.