South Africans are set to receive free Wi-Fi on World Wi-Fi Day on 20 June 2017. The free Wi-Fi will be provided by VAST Networks (VAST) in partnership with Ruckus.

The free Wi-Fi to the tune of 1GB will be available on VAST's countrywide network of Wi-Fi hotspots.

![Grant Marais](/content/images/2017/06/18095466_280147269064280_622016336540729344_n.jpg)
Grant Marais, CEO at VAST Networks, at the launch of one of many Wi-Fi hotspots in Diepsloot, South Africa.

β€œSouth Africa is currently facing difficult times and supporting access to the most affordable data rates is a priority. Wi-Fi provides the platform to get people connected personally and across communities. Understanding the value of connectivity, our business was founded with the objective of driving inclusivity, empowering South Africans with access to meaningful opportunities for education, jobs, business, etc. and enhancing the global competitiveness of our country,” said Grant Marais, CEO at VAST Networks.

VAST has more than 2,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across South Africa and those wanting to take up this offer on World Wi-Fi Day can locate their nearest hotspot by going to

β€œWorld Wi-Fi Day clearly demonstrates that Wi-Fi is alive and kicking and more relevant than ever before. Pervasive Wi-Fi will have massive implications for Africa; the continent will become one of the most important telecoms markets in the future, and its continued success will depend on investments in wireless systems. Mobility and wireless (particularly Wi-Fi) presents a significant opportunity to aid in the socio-economic development of people and businesses – particularly as it provides a cost-effective access solution to the current available channels. Expectations are shifting – and Wi-Fi’s time is now,” concluded Riaan Graham, Sales Director for Ruckus, sub-Saharan Africa.

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