Free Wifi at Dakar’s Independence Square

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

Dakar residents, tourists and other internet users visiting the city centre of the Senegalese capital city will now be able to browse the internet for free at the Independence Square (Place de l’Indépendance), as part of the Dakar Digital City project.

The project is being supported by mobile operator Tigo.

“The City has launched a pilot phase of 'City of Dakar Wifi' project with the support of Tigo at the Independence Square as part of the Dakar Digital City initiative,” Dakar mayor Khalifa Sall said.

Everyone can bring his PC or smartphone to surf the internet for free, the City said, adding that the project will see all of the city's public places covered by Wifi.

The news has delighted many Dakar online users, who are expected to flock to the square to enjoy free internet, which remains an expensive commodity in this West African nation of 13 million people.

“It’s good news for people like me who cannot afford to buy data regularly or install an internet connection at home,” law student Mamadou Sarr said this week in Dakar.

“The project will primarily help students to do their research without having to spend a penny at internet cafés. I say bravo to the City Council,” university graduate Boubacar Sene said.

However, Sene wonders if the connection will be stable every day.

Despite its considerable technological advances and spending more money on ICTs every year, Senegal still has serious internet connectivity problems, which nobody has managed to explain the causes.

 

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