eduroam: Bringing City-Wide Wi-Fi Roaming Access to Cape Town


eduroam: Bringing City-Wide Wi-Fi Roaming Access to Cape Town

Why should students and staff from different universities need a separate guest ID for every university or public institution at which they want to use Wi-Fi? Why can’t the systems talk to each other and make our lives – and the lives of IT staff who have to set up these new IDs – easier?

Can’t we just switch on our device and be online?

eduroam exists to enable just that.
The global wireless Wi-Fi roaming access service allows students and staff to use their home institution credentials to log on at any participating institution. And with eduroam now available in over 100 countries, that number of participating institutions is pretty big!
In fact, today there are nearly 30,000 eduroam hotspots around the world, including universities, libraries, parks, stations, city centres and airports, providing students and staff with secure internet access.

eduroam in Cape Town

City-Wide Wi-Fi Roaming Access for Cape Town

In June 2019 the City of Cape Town and the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa (TENET) turned on the eduroam Wi-Fi service in 57 of Cape Town’s public libraries.

Now students and staff from any university which uses eduroam, including all four of the public universities in the Western Cape (Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape), can access their institution’s high-speed network from the City’s libraries and work there as though they were on their own campus.

Bringing eduroam coverage into public spaces in suburbs like Khayelitsha and Gugulethu provides another way for students living in those areas to access online learning material without travelling to campus or paying high data costs.

TENET CEO Duncan Greaves says while Cape Town is the first South African city to take this initiative, TENET hopes that other cities will soon follow suit. eduroam is available at 30 universities and research institutes in South Africa and at universities in over 100 countries worldwide.

The first week of eduroam use in the Cape Town libraries was a stunning success with over 15,000 authentications from 121 institutions including users from Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Korea, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Uganda, United Kingdom, and the USA. This really demonstrates the power and spread of eduroam.

If you’re visiting South Africa you can use eduroam South Africa’s interactive map to find the eduroam-connected library closest to you.

What is eduroam?

eduroam (education roaming) is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community.

Having started in Europe, eduroam has gained momentum throughout the research and education community and is now available in over 100 territories.

eduroam allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions.

What does GÉANT offer?

2 Exabytes* a year is already carried at high speed and low latency

* (That’s 2 BILLION Gigabytes!)

Federating services and architecture plus eduroam, the worldwide wi-fi roaming service

Europe-wide procurement frameworks for tailored, market leading cloud offerings

40+ NRENs, extensive partnerships, programmes, workshops, task forces and events

The research GÉANT enables touches almost every aspect of our lives. Not only that, but its networking technology is shaping the internet of tomorrow.

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