2 400GB free data donated to Mpumalanga

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2 400GB free data donated to Mpumalanga
CONNECT: Internet company Konnect Africa has donated free data to clinics and government buildings to aid the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. PICTURE BY TimesLive

The battle against the pandemic is on…


Internet company Konnect Africa has donated 2 400 gigabytes of free data to the Mpumalanga province to assist the province deal with the fight against the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The company said connectivity remained an issue for healthcare workers in the frontline of the battle against the virus.

Konnect Africa is owned by European satellite operator Eutelsat Communications.

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The free connection will be given to 8 clinics in Mpumalanga, with each receiving 300GB monthly.

The connection will done by locally licensed Konnect Africa’s Logical Wireless, which has been authorised to operate during the lockdown as an essential services provider.

Konnect Africa CEO Jean-Claude Tshipama said as a company they are willing to lend a helping hand wherever they can.

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“We want South Africa to benefit from our expertise,” said Tshipama.

He said the free connectivity will be allocated to rural health and government-based facilities.

Konnect Africa has been operating in South Africa since 2016. It operates in more than 40 countries Africa-wide and their network connectivity has a total capacity of 75Gbps (gigabytes per second), which enables them to provide speeds of up to 100Mbps to ensure full coverage of the Democratic Republic of Congo and 40 other African countries.

The company has not said until when the free supply of internet to clinics will last but said it will occur monthly. The company also didn’t say whether this freebie will be given to other provinces, like KZN which is also rural and experiences high numbers of cases.

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(edited by ZK)

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