Data Access for 2021
Wits is providing students with data to access services required for their online learning requirements. This will be available via their preferred service provider from this list: CellC, MTN, Telkom and Vodacom. The data offering has a maximum data usage of 10 Gb per month daytime data and 20 Gb night time data via one service provider only.
To make use of these services, each student must ensure they have filled in the “Maintain Mobile Data Number” form on https://self-service.wits.ac.za and provide the Cell Number on which they would like the data provided. Data is allocated once a month, using the number saved on the portal on the morning of the first Tuesday of the month.
Each student will also need to install and use the Wits DataBundle VPN (mobileconnect.wits.ac.za). For more details about how to install and run the DataBundle VPN students should consult the How to Guides below.
The DataBundle VPN makes it possible for students to visit links approved by Wits. For the full list of approved Wits links click here. If the site required for learning at Wits is not listed, please consult with the course Lecturer. The list contains the two types of links: ones that are free to use and won’t consume data (zero-rated); and ones that will consume data from the bundle provided. To visit links that are not on the approved list, the student would need to have personal data available and switch off the VPN before accessing the link.
We also encourage each student to consult with their service provider on how to monitor data usage and to use this data wisely.
We are aware that some Vodacom / CellC subscribers are experiencing problems connecting to ulwazi. Ulwazi is best accessed using a 4G data connection.
Download and install the CISCO AnyConnect Mobile Client VPN app on your device.
First Teaching Block Monday, 8 March 2021 to Friday, 23 April 2021
To ensure that international students can access online teaching for the first teaching block, international students residing outside of South Africa can purchase data to the South African equivalence to R75.00 per month.
Upon proof of purchase of data the amount will be allocated to the Student Fee Account as a credit. The receipt and student number must be e-mailed to email@example.com.
Got more questions or experiencing problems?
Any queries or requests for assistance should be emailed to DataHelp@wits.ac.za.