The Achilles' Heel of Free Wi-Fi Networks: Examining the Sustainability Challenges in South Africa
While free Wi-Fi networks have the potential to address the "Data Must Fall" movement's concerns and promote socio-economic inclusivity, their long-term sustainability remains a challenge. Several ambitious projects, such as the VAST and Tshwane Free Wi-Fi initiatives, have faced obstacles stemming from a lack of sustainable commercial models. This follow-up article delves into the underlying reasons behind these challenges and explores potential solutions for a more sustainable and inclusive internet landscape in South Africa
Beyond South Africa: Exploring the International Challenges of Free Wi-Fi Networks
The sustainability challenges faced by free Wi-Fi networks are not unique to South Africa. Projects in other African countries, such as BRCK in Kenya, have also encountered obstacles after initial funding was withdrawn. This follow-up article examines these international cases, drawing comparisons to South Africa's VAST and Tshwane Free Wi-Fi projects, and exploring the shared challenges that hinder the success of free Wi-Fi initiatives.
The Global Struggle for Sustainable Free Wi-Fi: Exploring International Cases of Network Failures
The challenge of establishing sustainable free Wi-Fi networks extends far beyond Africa. Several international initiatives have encountered similar obstacles, ultimately leading to their demise. This article examines more examples of failed free Wi-Fi projects on a global scale, offering valuable insights for future initiatives aiming to bridge the digital divide
How They "Cracked the Code" for Sustainable Connectivity
While numerous free Wi-Fi initiatives worldwide have struggled with funding and sustainability, Entelek, a South African-based company, has successfully "cracked the code" by developing a viable business model that enables sustainable growth. This article delves into the factors that have contributed to Entelek's success, offering insights for future projects seeking to bridge the digital divide.
A GlobalSolution for Sustainable Free Wi-Fi Networks
Having successfully "cracked the code" for sustainable free Wi-Fi in South Africa, Entelek has leveraged its insights and expertise to create a unique solution for free Wi-Fi providers worldwide. The company's Yourspot Monetization as a Service (MaaS) offering enables free Wi-Fi providers to generate ad revenue and enhance the viability of their networks. This article explores how Entelek's Yourspot MaaS offering can benefit free Wi-Fi providers and foster more sustainable connectivity globally.
Community Wifi in the USA
Access to the internet is a basic necessity in today’s world, yet millions of Americans still lack access. This digital divide contributes to inequality and creates an obstacle for education, job searches and more. To tackle this issue, many cities across the US have taken it upon themselves to provide free Wi-Fi to their citizens in order to bridge the gap and make sure everyone has access. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at community Wi-Fi initiatives in the USA and discuss why they are so important for closing the digital divide and increasing access for all.
Turnkey Wi-Fi and Hotspot Solutions Partner
Wi-Fi access is no longer seen as a perk, but rather as an essential service by today's Wi-Fi users. In light of the high cost of mobile data, a slow, expensive, or unreliable connection will turn customers away, while good Wi-Fi will encourage customers to stay and spend more time.
Rural Broadband in the United States
In today's modern age, internet access is essential for nearly every aspect of life. From education to healthcare and economic development, the need for internet access has become an unavoidable necessity. Despite this, millions of Americans living in rural areas still lack access to broadband services - leaving them without a virtually essential resource. This blog post will explore the current state of rural broadband in the United States, and what steps can be taken in order to bridge this digital divide.
Cheap Wifi in South Africa
South Africa is a land of possibilities: an incredible landscape with stunning views, tremendous cultural diversity and world-class infrastructure. But there’s one thing South Africa has been lacking: fast, reliable, and affordable wifi. For many South Africans, access to the internet has been expensive and slow, preventing them from taking advantage of the numerous opportunities available online. But that's all about to change; thanks to a new initiative by the government, residents in South Africa will now enjoy faster and cheaper wifi services in the coming years. In this article, we are going to take a look at how this initiative works and why it is so important for South Africans.