After officially closing shop in Uganda, the French based firm wants to cement it’s self in South Africa with a new Metro Wi-Fi Network. Orange has partnered with the City of Cape Town, and is planning to launch of its new Orange Wi-Fi service. This was announced yesterday at an official address by the Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Mrs Patricia de Lille.
The project will be rolled out in two phases the CEO of Orange Horizons, Sebastien Crozier he said that
“The first phase of the project will offer free Wi-Fi to anyone making use of a Wi-Fi enabled device. Users will get a free bundle per day to use as they please,” he says. “In the second phase of the project we will offer some paying offers along with free Wi-Fi.”
Orange aims to close the digital divide in South Africa and Africa through this project, and providing Internet access to populations that have been largely disconnected thus far. He further explained that:
“Orange is both excited and proud to be working with the City of Cape Town on this project. It is very important to us, as our brand is well known for having a strong CSR component, and these types of projects are very much in line with our vision of a world where internet access is available to all.”
This project is part of a larger plan for Orange especially as an ISP in South Africa.