Free wi-fi hotspots in Century City to be expanded
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Let’s Connect is the Wifi arm of Century City Connect (CCC), the company which operates a carrier neutral “last mile” open- access fibre optic network within Century City. The service is provided in partnership with internet service provider, Comtel Communications, which is sponsoring the internet breakout.
Hein de Swardt, a director of Century City Connect said the pilot project in the Square had proved extremely successful with more than 2000 users per month connecting to the hotspots in spite of an awareness programme yet to be launched.
Let’s Connect currently provides members of the public with four hours of free, fast uncapped internet access per day in The Square and its restaurants, in the Century City Hotel lobby as well as the upstairs lounge area of the Conference Centre.
He said they planned to roll out additional access points at Fives Futbol, Crave & Estuaries Park, Bootleggers and Manhattan Park, Hillsong Church, the Intaka Eco-Centre, the Ratanga Road Public Transport Interchange as well as the pedestrian walkway and tunnel between Century City and the station.
An eighth hotspot will be added at Central Park which is home to many sporting clubs and leagues as well as major community events such as the Natural Goods Market and Art on the Island, Gallileo outdoor movies, the Winter Night Market and the annual Century City Sports Festival.
The free Wifi service has been approved and endorsed by the Century City Property Owners’ Association (CCPOA), the non-profit company responsible for the day to day running of Century City.
CEO Chris Blackshaw says the Wifi service advances telecommunication connectivity in the precinct and in so doing further enhances the attractiveness of Century City as a business and residential location.
De Swardt said in order to guarantee a good user experience and to avoid abuse of the free service, they would be blocking torrent (movie) downloads and adult sites.
Connecting to the service is simple. A once off registration is required with users logging in with their details or via one of the social media accounts. Once you have done that you will receive four hours uncapped internet access per day.
De Swardt said they strongly believed in the need to give back to the community, particularly to those less advantaged.
“Hopefully it will enable people to access educational or job searching websites. In addition users can have unlimited connectivity to certain sites listed on the Let’s Connect portal. We looked at the top sites accessed in South Africa last year and added relevant ones to this white list which can be accessed 24 hours a day for free. We have also added major university websites to this list.”
Original source: Century City Owners' Association
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