South Africa's VAST Networks (VAST) walked away with two awards at the global 2017 Wi-Fi NOW Awards. VAST received the 'Best Wi-Fi Service Provider' and 'Affordable Connectivity' awards.

VAST is Afrika’s first open access Wi-Fi provider and provides Wi-Fi across South Africa.

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Grant Marais, CEO at VAST, with the two awards they won at the 2017 Wi-Fi NOW Awards.

“Winning the prestigious Wi-Fi Now awards, which are judged by our global industry peers, is indeed a great honor and we are delighted by the international recognition. This award is a 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 residential areas. VAST firmly believes that our Wi-Fi plays an important role in driving connectivity for all South Africans.” said Grant Marais, CEO at VAST.

The Wi-Fi NOW Awards honor the world’s best in the global Wi-Fi industry and at an event hosted in the Netherlands and attended by global, Wi-Fi leaders.

VAST's network delivers Wi-Fi speeds of up to 500Mbps and its growing footprint covers more than 2,000 high-density locations across South Africa. One such area where VAST offers affordable Internet access is in Diepsloot where Internet speeds can reach a peak of 190 Mbps.

“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,” concluded Marais.