This development comes in response to a plea from a group of Grade 11 learners at Sinenjongo High School, Joe Slovo Park in Cape Town, asking South Africa’s network operators for free mobile access to the research website Wikipedia.
“When we read about the students’ campaign, we were moved to immediate action and to do what we can on our own network. Access to the internet is essential in this day and age for education, and as the adage goes, knowledge is power.
Children should be able to access the internet with ease and this is one way which we can help,” says Farren Roper, Head of FNB Connect ISP and Business Operations.
According to the Internet Access in South Africa 2012 report from research house World Wide Worx, international bandwidth coming to South Africa is set to double in 2013, and South Africa’s internet population is on track to reach 10 million users by the end of the year.
FNB has acknowledged this trend and seeks to accelerate internet growth and access through free data and access to various websites as a value add to being an FNB customer.