The iNethi deployment provides low-cost Internet access and free access to localized iNethi services, including local file storage(OwnCloud), local chat(RocketChat) and local social networking(Diaspora) as well education content such as Wikipedia and TED talks. The network uses mixed 2.4 GHz and 5GHz Wifi mesh networking powered by LibreMesh to connect WiFi hotspots. Payments for services makes use of a voucher system powered by RadiusDesk
Ocean View (Phase 1)
The phase 1 deployment in Ocean View connects Ocean View high school, some nearby flats where many high school pupils live, areas around the library and the sport field and the Rastafarian camp against the mountain slope.
This deployment provides a rich education experience for learners, provides resources for musicians and artists to share their creations as well as a localised sharing, chat and a social networking platform for Ocean View residents. Low-cost Internet access is available for R20/GB using a voucher system. In late 2018, OVCOMM Dynamic cooperative was formed with local directors from the community to operate, maintain and grow the network. Currently 9 mesh sites have been deployed.
New communities and new technology (Phase 2)
The Phase 2 deployment will take place in areas surrounding Ocean View such as Masiphumelele (Masi) and Red Hill. These deployments will either be done in partnership with exisiting NGOs or with new community champions trained using community network workshops. Partnership with NGOs will focus on enhancing the ability of NGOs to reach the community and engage with NGO material stored on the iNethi platform in addition to the current set of services and content provided by iNethi. In this phase, additional sites will also be added to Ocean View and long range TVWS mesh networking will connect surrounding communities to Ocean View or non-line-of-site areas within the community.
In phase 2, an additional payment system and new router firmware making use of blockchain technology will be added to iNethi. Residents will be able purchase their own blockchain-based router, expand the mesh network and earn cryptocurrency-based income by (1) routing Internet traffic through their mesh router, or (2) Providing WiFi hotspot access