The City of Cape Town selected decision analysis partners to provide Technical Assistance for the Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain Digital Inclusion project. Cape Town wanted to provide digital access to the citizens of the heavily-populated and low income townships of Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain. Our team conducted an in-depth study of the demand for digitla services and the ability of the low income population to pay for these services before evaluating and asessing a number of technical solutions.
This project included assessment of technical solutions, business and operational models, potential partners and community conditions, and general attitudes to extending free and affordable broadband options to these communities. The project was funded by the U.S. Trade Development Agency.
The City adopted our team’s recommendations. Today, Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain residents have access to 3GB of data per day, well above the standard 100MB in other areas. Cape Town and the Western Cape government are continuing to expand the deployment of the Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain digital inclusion network as budget allows and the project is being used as a model for serving other underserved and impoverished communities in the region.