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149Mbps Wi-Fi in the middle of Diepsloot

[by myBroadBand, link to Original Article]

VAST Networks (VAST) is well-known for offering Wi-Fi access in transport hubs, malls, and office parks, but less so for the work it has done in townships.

      
The company started its township project in 2017, with the aim to give 1.5 million Gauteng township residents an affordable alternative to access the Internet.

Diepsloot residents were the first to benefit from this initiative, with free access to high-speed Internet through VAST’s WiFi network.

VAST CEO Grant Marais told MyBroadband that the Diepsloot network currently serves 90,000.

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The amazing information which Wi-Fi networks can provide


[by myBroadBand, link to Original Article]

VAST Networks has developed technology which provides shopping centres, restaurants and retailers with accurate data about their customers and their habits.

VAST is an open-access Wi-Fi network infrastructure provider which delivers carrier-grade Wi-Fi in South Africa. The company is well-known for providing Wi-Fi access in airports, shopping centres, restaurants and retail stores.

However, the most valuable service provided to its business clients is not Wi-Fi access. Instead, it is extensive data about these business’ customers.

VAST has built a platform, called Loxion, which provides its Wi-Fi customers with a visualised and actionable data set that can be used to improve operations.

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Wi-Fi offloading trial in South Africa



[by myBroadBand, link to Original Article]

VAST and Vodacom are trialling Wi-Fi offloading in South Africa which has the potential to offer subscribers faster and cheaper mobile data services.

Wi-Fi offloading is a technique used by mobile operators to increase their network capacity by serving their customers through unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum.

It is a seamless process where a user’s smartphone automatically connects and authenticates on a Wi-Fi network through their mobile operator.

This practice can reduce congestion on mobile networks and improve the user experience for subscribers.

Another big benefit is that it is significantly cheaper to serve data through a Wi-Fi network than through a cellular network.

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