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Rio’s largest favela has its own wifi provider

With the Olympic Games being held in Rio de Janeiro this summer, lots of eyes are being turned on the city.

Some of those eyes are being turned on the city’s slums – known locally as “favelas” – with some surprising results.

For instance, Techinsider has discovered that Rocinha, the city’s and Brazil’s largest favela, has its own wifi provider.

view of Rocinha
Rocinha, photographed in 2010. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Rocinha has a population estimated at between 70,000 and 300,000 people.

The wifi provider – NetRocinha – over 1,500 high-speed internet customers in the community and its most expensive broadband plan, known as Mega 20, costs the equivalent of just over £18 per month.

Hat tip: Christian Wach.