As Vuma begins the expansion of its initiative to provide schools with free internet, the company has successfully launched the Free Fibre to Schools programme in Limpopo, South Africa.
Before now, primary and secondary schools situated along Polokwane have been provided with a free 1Gbps fibre line. Polokwane is home to one of Vuma’s fibre deployment infrastructure; thus, making it easy to supply schools in the area with fast fibre internet.
Already, Adsum Academy alongside Laerskool Pietersburg – Oos are beneficiaries of this initiative. Both institutions received fibre installations, and connections with Capricom and the initiative promises to connect more schools shortly.
Recently, Vuma welcomed the fibre-to-home service in Polokwane, and this led to the launch of the free fibre internet in Limpopo. Currently, Vuma’s fibre connections are active in areas like Bendor, Flaura park, Welgelegen, Annadale, Fauna Park, and Sterpark.
The CEO of Vuma, Dietlof Mare says, ‘’Fast fibre internet is the solution to reliable and efficient e-learning experience. Although the fibre internet initiative is still in the early stages of adoption in the country. South Africa is privileged for the steps taken to make fibre technology a reality over the last decade,’’
In partnership with internet service providers in its network, Vuma started the Fibre to Schools programme with Parkhurst Primary School, Hoerskool Linden, and Greenside High back in 2016. Since then, over 380 schools across Johannesburg, Durban, Ekurhuleni, and Cape Town have been connected to the service.
For schools to benefit from this initiative, the school must be registered with either the Independent Examinations Board or the Department of Basic Education.
With a rapid and reliable fibre connectivity, schools are given the opportunity to equip learning environments with smart devices and platforms that ensure learners have access to relevant e-learning opportunities without interruption.