Pretoria Wireless Users Group is a South African wireless users group.
It is non-profit community organisation providing a Wireless community network in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa.
PTAWUG has been created as the community’s answer to South Africa’s restrictive telecommunications environment. The South African telecommunications industry has been marked by poor service delivery, monopolistic practices and prohibitively high prices.
Founded on 28 July 2007, PTAWUG embodies the African spirit of Ubuntu. Its constitution guarantees openness, free participation and equality to all members of the Wireless User Group. PTAWUG is exclusively funded by donations from the community. Highsite installation and maintenance is conducted by volunteers in their spare time. PTAWUG exemplifies the proverbial open source Bazaar – no management team, no hierarchies, equal participation.
PTAWUG is the 3rd largest wireless network organisation in the world, behind AWMN (Greece), TWMN (Greece).
These two networks provide internet as well, which PTAWUG doesn’t, so counting community networks that don’t provide internet – PTAWUG is the largest on earth.
The aim of the network is to provide free TCP/IP communications in and around South Africa’s capital to hobbyists, researchers and other non-commercial users. The network is used for gaming, voip, file transfers and various other IP based services.
PTAWUG connects members from vastly different backgrounds and social standings and provides a sandbox for technology experimentation and community skills development.