VAST Networks Scoops Two Prestigious Awards at the 2017 Wi-Fi NOW Awards

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  • 03 Nov, 2017

The Hague, 3 November 2017 – VAST Networks (VAST), Africa’s first open access Wi-Fi provider , has scooped two prestigious awards at the global, 2017 Wi-Fi NOW Awards .  The Wi-Fi NOW Awards honour the world’s best in the global Wi-Fi industry and at an event attended by global, Wi-Fi leaders in The Netherlands, VAST received the Best Wi-Fi Service Provider and Affordable Connectivity Awards.

“Winning the prestigious Wi-Fi Now awards, which are judged by our global industry peers, is indeed a great honour and we are delighted by the international recognition,” said Grant Marais, CEO at VAST Networks. Speaking on the Best Wi-Fi Service Provider award, Marais added; “This award is testament to our success in deploying world-class Wi-Fi serving not only the world’s top brands but importantly South Africa’s most loved retail and hospitality brands. It demonstrates how VAST innovated to evolve into a sophisticated business intelligence tool that enables our customers to drive better footfall, improve ROI and increase their own customer retention through ongoing marketing dialogues using Wi-Fi as a platform. We pride ourselves in that we cover more than 10 million m2 of indoor space, servicing many large venues such as, major transport hubs, concert venues, malls, corporate campuses and hospitals and most recently we have been able to deliver the same world-class services to environments that are historically infrastructurally poor, such as major townships and inner city residentials. VAST firmly believes that our Wi-Fi plays an important role in driving connectivity for all South Africans.”

“We recognise the immense value that Wi-Fi delivers to communities across the globe and our awards are a tribute to companies like VAST Networks, who are empowering consumers by connecting them to the diversity of opportunities in the virtual realm. The ability to connect millions of people daily by means of a true carrier grade Wi-Fi network, especially in areas where basic infrastructure is sometimes lacking, is a massive undertaking and we are heartened by the passionand commitment of Wi-Fi providers who embrace this challenge,” said Claus Hetting, CEO and Chairman of Wi-Fi NOW.

With only 50% to 60% of South Africans connected, VAST’s ongoing focus remains democratising Wi-Fi access with the aim of strengthening the social fabric of South Africa. Already, more than 1.5 million township residents benefit from affordable access to a quality internet service that rivals that of some of the more affluent suburbs in South Africa.

“Statistics suggest that for every 10% of internet penetration, a country’s GDP grows by 1.28%. When you consider these stats and the wider socio-economic benefits of connectivity, we firmly believe that affordable and quality internet access should be a basic human right.” concludes Marais.

VAST users enjoy Wi-Fi speeds of up to 500Mbps and its growing footprint covers more than 2,000 high-density locations across South Africa.

VAST Networks has also been shortlisted in the Best Next Gen Wi-Fi Networks Infrastructure category in the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) Industry Awards . Winners will be announced on 15 November 2017.

About VAST Networks

VAST Networks is Africa’s first open access network provider, delivering quality high-speed and secure Wi-Fi coverage. VAST Networks manages, deploys and constantly develops the largest Wi-Fi network in premium locations across South Africa. This platform enables users to experience high-throughput, seamless, cost effective Wi-Fi for a truly on-the-go experience in public spaces. Formed in 2015, VAST Networks brought together the Wi-Fi assets of two key market players (MWeb and Internet Solutions).

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