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Data Access for 2024

Wits will be 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: Cell C, MTN, Telkom, and Vodacom. The monthly data offering consists of 10GB Anytime + 20GB Night-time data via one service provider only.

Students residing in an official University residence are not eligible to receive the data packages as they have access to the existing Wi-Fi connectivity on campus and in residences. Students residing outside of South Africa are not eligible to receive the data packages. Students registered for Occasional Studies are also not eligible to receive the data.

The VPN tunnelled Data Bundle makes it possible for students to visit links approved by Wits for teaching and learning.  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 coordinator or lecturer. The list contains 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, you need to have personal data available and switch off the VPN before accessing the link.

To Make Use of the Data Bundle Offering

  • Please ensure that you have completed the “Maintain Mobile Data Number” form on and provide the mobile number on which you would like to receive the data.
  • You will also need to install and use the Wits Data Bundle VPN ( For more information on how to install and run the Wits Data Bundle VPN, students should consult the how-to-guides below.


  • FNB and contract SIM cards are not eligible for data provisioning.
  • Data is not transferable from one SIM or network to another.
  • Data is allocated once a month using the number saved on the portal on the morning of the first Tuesday of the month. Telkom users will receive their data on a Friday only.
  • Students should allow 4 to 5 working days thereafter for the data to load.

Checking Network Coverage for your Residential Area

Check the network coverage and connectivity in your residential area, by clicking on the preferred Mobile Network Operator’s (MNO’s) coverage map link below:  

How-to guides

Download and install the CISCO AnyConnect Mobile Client VPN app on your device.

Data Provisioning Timeline

Kindly familiarise yourself with the cut-off dates for monthly data requests and the expected timeline in which you may receive your monthly data.

Data Saving Tips