The Philippines plans to roll out free Wi-Fi to nearly 1000 cities by November, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has said. This week it tendered for the PHP 1.408 billion (US$31.6 million) project to set up Wi-Fi hotspots in 997 cities. Town plazas and parks, public schools and universities, libraries, government hospitals, train stations, airports, city halls and central government offices will all have free Wi-Fi, according to the Terms of Reference for the project.
Telstra will switch on 1500 additional hotspots as part of an extension to a trial of its proposed national wi-fi network before June, the telco announced today. Last May the telco revealed plans to spend more than $100 million to build a national wi-fi network before the end of 2015. The network is slated to include around 8000 Telstra-built hotspots (utilising the national payphone network) and a further 1.9 million wi-fi access points provided by its customers.
Networking/communication device maker SerComm has been developing FDD LTE and TD-LTE Small Cell devices for several years and has begun to ship TD-LTE solutions to China Mobile. SerComm expects shipments of Small Cell devices to significantly increase in 2016, according to company president and CEO James Wang. Small Cell devices can offload mobile Internet traffic and increase indoor coverage for 4G networks, Wang said.
Residents of Georgetown city in Malaysia can now access free public Wi-Fi at twice the speeds. Penang state announced that the public Wi-Fi bandwidth has been increased from 75Mbps to 375 Mbps. This allows each user to enjoy speeds upto 1Mbps, up from 512Kbps in the past, in Georgetown city and across the state. The government will spend RM1.84 million (US$498,915) annually to run this upgraded service, an increase of RM300,000 (US$81,344).
“We haven’t reached an agreement with Yangon University to provide the service, because the university hasn’t replied to us,” he said. “But if Yangon gives us an agreement, we will give free WiFi service inside the university.” Yangon University rector U Aung Thu said the university currently provides sufficient connectivity for students, though will take up Redlink’s offer it finds it needs help.
NEW DELHI: Moving a step forward to implement its pre-poll promise of providing free Wi-Fi connectivity across the city, the Aam Aadmi Party government has decided to hold a three-day consultation with various stakeholders from March 24. Government has sought suggestions of interested persons, organizations, stakeholders to send their suggestions on business models, technologies, implementation strategies and any other aspects on email — firstname.lastname@example.org till March 23, an official statement said.
More than 700,000 individuals have taken part in Telstra’s $100 million public wi-fi network trial since its launch in November, the carrier has revealed. In the same period, the network – which currently consists of over 1000 hotspots – has been used to transmit over 140 terabytes of data, Telstra told iTnews. Telstra has been running the trial at selected sites in major capital CBDs as a free service, but it will start imposing charges to access the network after its commercial launch later this year.
Residents and visitors in Hong Kong can now get easier access to free Wi-Fi. The number of hotspots for the public Wi-Fi.HK service has increased to 12,000. “The number of Wi-Fi.HK hotspots has been increased from the original 5000 at the launch of the scheme [in August] to the current figure of over 12,000″, said a spokeperson from the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer.
Bangkok and Pattaya have been ranked among the world’s top 50 cities for Wi-Fi quality in hotels, according to Hotel Wi-Fi Test, a website allowing users to test speed of wireless-Internet service at their resorts. Bangkok ranks 22nd and Pattaya 45th, better than Paris, which ranked 46th. Services tested include both free and paid providers. According to the report, good Wi-Fi quality constitutes downloads speed of at least three megabits per second, the speed required for standard-definition video streaming recommended by US-based movie-rental service Netflix.
Taipei plans to improve the connectivity and speeds of its free Wi-Fi service, the Mayor has announced, trying to catch up with some of the region’s leaders. The city will improve speeds by integrating the existing Wi-Fi service with 4G networks which can reach speeds up to 100 Mbps. It plans to collect data at every hotspot in the city and use this information to improve the Wi-Fi connections, said Mayor Ko Wen-je.
NEW DELHI: At a time when the country is launching another round of spectrum auctions in February and telecom operators are vying for allocations, global telecom infrastructure provider UTStarcom is confident that India’s top 20 cities will be fully Wi-Fi enabled by the end of 2015. “Wi-Fi will compliment data offload applications, which is something that all operators are implementing worldwide. India also has started (on this). By the end of 2015, Wi-Fi will be a reality in India. It will be there in top 20 cities in India, full coverage,” Rahul Pandey, director – sales (SAARC Countries) at UTStarcom, told IANS.
RMIT senior research fellow Dr Ian McShane expects Australia to experience a resurgence in community-based telecommunications as the ambitions of the national broadband network are gradually scaled back. McShane and his RMIT colleagues are 12 months into a multi-year study on the rollout of public wi-fi in Australia and its policy and economic implications, funded by a grant from the Australian Research Council.
SINGAPORE: Panasonic Asia Pacific announced on Monday (Jan 5) its acquisition of RFNet Technologies, a Singapore-based custom wireless, surveillance and networking solution company. Panasonic will own 51.9 per cent of the company once the acquisition is completed by the middle of January, although terms of the transaction were not disclosed, the company’s press release stated. The acquisition of RFNet will expand the commercial Wi-Fi network business in Asia for Panasonic.
Privately-owned Ruckus Wireless Inc. has some challenging competition in the design and style, manufacturing and advertising of wireless technologies systems. The 6-year-old California-primarily based organization has to fight for consumers with the likes of Cisco Systems Inc. and other hardware suppliers. Under Ruckus’ Hong Kong-born President and Chief Executive Officer Selina Lo, the organization has signed up organizations including Hong Kong telecom service provider PCCW Ltd. , Singapore Telecommunications and Deutsche Telekom AG of Germany.
NEW DELHI: Government is looking for a speedy roll out of wifi services at select public places in top 25 cities with population of over 10 lakh by June 2015. “Government has plans to empanel 3-4 wifi service provider for speedy roll out of wifi hotspots across top 25 cities in the country by June 2015. The services will be available at select public places within these cities,” according to an official source.
About 12,000 buses in Beijing have completed their Wi-Fi network card upgrades and opened services to all travelers in the nation’s capital. Wireless network bandwidth on the buses can reach 50M per second and the Wi-Fi network on a single bus can be used by at least 40 people at the same time. By accessing the hot spot named “16WiFi”, passengers will be redirected to a website to download a Wi-Fi client.
The warning was given after Bkav Security conducted a survey from August to November 2014 in large cities where wifi is provided for free, such as Da Nang, Hai Phong, Hoi An and Ha Long. The experts pointed out that there could be three forms of attacks, including Man in the Middle (cyber attacks where a malicious actor goes between two parties & gains access to private information), Phishing (when internet fraudsters impersonate a business to trick users into giving out their personal information) and SSID Spoofing (criminals use spoofed service set identifiers (SSIDs) to lure wireless users).
WiWide, a Chinese startup that provides public wifi networks to stores and restaurants, has received an RMB 300 million (US$49 million) series C funding round from Tencent and Dianping, according to TechNode. Over 500 domestic and international franchises use WiWide in China, including Starbucks, Burger King, and several airports. Its advertising clients include Jaguar, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Nokia, Lenovo, and HTC, whose ads get pushed to customers once they connect. Altogether, the company runs over 30,000 hotspots.
Foxconn Electronics, Alibaba and 21 Vianet Group on November 26 jointly signed with the city government of Guiyang, southwestern China, to set up a citywide network of Wi-Fi hot spots to provide free Internet-access services, according to Foxconn. The first phase of the Wi-Fi network will come into operation in June 2015 and the entire network will be completed in three years, Foxconn said.
Anyone who’s visited the Japanese capital can probably tell you that free public wifi is few and far between. Once a tourist ventures beyond the confines of the Narita or Haneda international airports, connecting to the web without a local SIM card can become an exercise in futility. Sure, you can usually register for a free one-hour session at Starbucks – if you happen to be hanging around one of the major train stations or sightseeing locales. But if you’re a hipster trying to avoid the crowds and get a real neighborhood experience, you might be out of luck when it comes time to Instagram that #best #bowl of #ramen everrr.