Giving a new meaning to Public Wi-Fi usage, RADWIN, the global provider of sub-6 GHz broadband wireless solutions, has announced that the City of Tshwane in South Africa deployed RADWIN’s FiberinMotion wireless mobility solution to provide free Wi-Fi onboard city buses – enabling up to 100 Mbps throughput per bus.
The FREE Wi-Fi ON BUSES initiative was launched in December 2014. Since then over 200,000 unique users have used free Wi-Fi onboard the city’s buses, with total data usage of 30 Terabytes. Project Isizwe, a non-profit organization which aims to bring the internet to people across South Africa, spearheaded the project.
In the first phase of deployment, RADWIN FiberinMotion base stations were deployed along the A Re Yeng line from Pretoria Central to Hatfield, and over 30 buses were fitted with FiberinMotion vehicular mobile units (VMUs).
Kgosientso Ramokgopa, City of Tshwane’s Mayor, commented on the Free Wi-Fi project: “Onboard the buses passengers have access to connectivity. Connectivity remains uninterrupted so you are able to do your assignments, email assignments and communicate with friends at no cost. So that is the true value.”
Alan Knott-Craig Jr., Founder & CEO of Project Isizwe: “In today’s connected world, access to the internet is essential and should be available to everyone – regardless of circumstances. With the FREE Wi-Fi ON BUSES initiative, Project Isizwe and RADWIN are helping bridge the digital divide by allowing passengers to access information, education and jobs online, on-the-go. We had the entire project up deployed in record time, thanks to the ease and simplicity of installation of FiberinMotion. In addition, the FiberinMotion Real Time Monitoring Tool enables gauging wireless network performance 24×7.”
Peter Turvey, RADWIN’s General Manager, Middle East, South & East Africa: “RADWIN and Project Isizwe are excited to play a key role in the City of Tshwane’s Free Wi-Fi initiative. FiberinMotion connects buses on-the-move to the city’s internet backbone, enabling commuters to benefit from wireless connectivity where and when they need it.”