Vuma has an initiative that aims to provide schools with lightning-fast fibre for free in Polokwane, Limpopo. In partnership with internet service providers, Vuma’s network has connected over 380 schools across Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Cape Town and Durban in a period of four years.
The launch follows the recent arrival of Vuma fibre-to-the-home services in Polokwane, with fibre connections already active in Bendor, Welgelegen, Fauna Park, Flora Park, Sterpark and Annadale with more areas to be added soon.
Beneficiaries of the free 1Gbps fibre line, fibre installations and connection with Capricom, include Laerskool Pietersburg-Oos in Bendor and Adsum Academy.Vuma plans to connect more schools in the coming months.
“Fast fibre internet is the key to ensuring uninterrupted, efficient e-learning experiences, and although fibre is still in relatively early stages of adoption in South Africa, the country is incredibly fortunate for the strides that were made in fibre technology over the last decade,” said Dietlof Mare, CEO of Vuma.
For schools to qualify as beneficiaries of this initiative, the school must be a primary or high school registered with the Department of Basic Education or the Independent Examinations Board (IEB). Vuma is committed to installing the fibre line into the school at no cost and will not charge the school any rental fees for the use of the infrastructure.
In addition to the free 1Gbps fibre line provided by Vuma, the school will also be able to enjoy a free 1GBps internet data package from participating internet service providers.