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Wayfree aims to bring smart cities to Central America

Central American internet service provider Wayfree has partnered with Wefi to deploy its seamless and automatic connectivity solution to expand ‘freemium’ internet access in Guatemala.

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Accessible wi-fi is essential to making Guatemala a safer and more prosperous country
Accessible wi-fi is essential to making Guatemala a safer and more prosperous country

Guatemala is set to be the first Central American country to roll out nationwide wi-fi that is anticipated to usher in a new era of smart cities and better city planning.

 

Central American internet service provider Wayfree has partnered with Wefi to deploy its seamless and automatic connectivity solution to expand ‘freemium’ internet access in Guatemala as part of the country’s smart cities development project.

 

Urbanisation process

 

The rapid urbanisation process observed in parts of Central America has created a challenge to deliver wi-fi broadband access across all communities. According to Inter-American Development Bank, the number of people using the internet in the region has grown from zero to 58 per cent in the past 30 years.

 

This push towards digitalisation and the need for affordable broadband services will continue to grow exponentially in the years to come.

 

The combined effort will see thousands of Wayfree wi-fi hotspots installed on lampposts across more than 300 municipalities powered by Wefi’s WeConnect connection manager to help improve the lives of Guatemalans through technology.

“In the long run, offering wi-fi countrywide will result in better city planning, the possibility of implementing e-government solutions, and improved access to internet services”

“Internet access is a human right,” said Sergio Plaza, CEO, Wayfree. “We must come together and develop creative yet practical solutions to capture those left out, not just for their economic sake, but for the benefit of our great country as a whole.

 

“Ours is a country project. We also have a presence in El Salvador and soon in Honduras. Our mission is connecting all the municipalities of Central America and turning it into a connected region.”

 

With the challenges of Covid-19, resources such as easily accessible wi-fi is essential to making Guatemala a safer and more prosperous country to live in. Having broadband internet access can enhance the daily life of an individual by providing access to employers, doctors, education, family, and friends, Wayfree notes.

 

“In the long run, offering wi-fi countrywide will result in better city planning, the possibility of implementing e-government solutions, and improved access to internet services – all of which will make the country a safer, cleaner, and [a] ‘smarter place for all,’” added Enrique Cossich, presidential commissioner of Comisión Presidencial de Gobierno Abierto y Electrónico (Presidential Commission for Open and Electronic Government).

 

Wayfree is licensed to deploy wi-fi routers on lighting poles in 340 cities and together with Wefi’s Find Free wi-fi application and WeConnect connection manager solution, it aims to provide seamless and automatic connectivity to WayFree Ads powered wi-fi and to free amenity wi-fi across Guatemala. Its mission statement is to expand the service to all of Central America.

 

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