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Connecting Cape Town’s periphery with eduroam in public libraries

In June 2019, the City of Cape Town and South Africa’s NREN, Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa (TENET), turned on the eduroam WiFi service in 57 of Cape Town’s public libraries. Now students and faculty from any university, which uses eduroam, can access their institution’s high-speed network from the city’s libraries and work there as though they were on their own campus.

“Not only does it address a need on a continent where Internet access is sometimes extremely expensive, but affordable connectivity can encourage citizens to participate in citizen science, contributing data, accelerating new discoveries,” says Ina Smith of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

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