Telkom zero-rates university websites

Date:16 March 2020 Author: Leila Stein Tags:, ,

The South African government has announced schools will close from Wednesday, 18 March, until the end of the Easter holidays. Universities have begin closing and suspending contact lectures in the wake of growing coronavirus numbers.

Telkom released a statement confirming that it is zero-rating a long list of websites belonging to educational institutions alongside websites related to coronavirus information.

“This is in addition to the information being distributed to subscribers,” the company said in a statement.

Telkom is also zero-rating educational facility websites to allow “learning and teaching to continue”.

These URLs include major universities and TVET colleges.

“We believe that the pandemic can be overcome if we work together and ensure that South Africans are empowered with access to accurate information about the virus,” said Mooketsi Mocumi, Telkom spokesperson.

Opening up these sites will help students reach vital information from their institutions and allow for some academic activities to continue.

According to MyBroadband,  the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) is also in discussions with mobile network operators regarding data partnerships for students who have been put into quarantine and as classes have been closed.

The URLs identified so far by Telkom are:

 

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