KL, the wireless city

So, there is a plan to turn Kuala Lumpur into an almost wireless city by 2010. That is one huge plan but it would be exciting!

The best thing is, it will be free for 2 years. So, no more stealing those wireless broadband from Starbuck!

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 (Bernama) — Kuala Lumpur is set to be a “wireless city” with free wireless internet coverage for two years from the middle of next year, Datuk Bandar Datuk Abdul Hakim Borhan said on Monday.

The WiFi facility, which laptops can readily access, will make it possible for 80 percent of the federal capital’s 1.5 million residents to access the internet via broadband, he added. [Kuala Lumpur To Become A “Wireless City” From Mid-08. Bernama. December 17 2007]

The city hall is going to foot in RM5 million into the project while another RM50 or so million to be borne by Green Packet.

The WiMAX operator yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in conjunction with the “KL Wireless Metropolitan Project.”

“We will invest RM50 million, funded by internally generated funds,” he said, adding that P1 had received the green light from the authorities late last month. It is understood that the balance RM10 million costs will be borne by the DBKL and the MCMC. [P1 to make KL a wireless metropolis . The Edge. December 18 2007]

Cool. Really cool.

But I wish they would wire the whole Malaysia first so that information would disseminate more freely throughout the country. The South Koreans did it and I don’t see why Malaysia cannot do it. Investment in state-of-the-art internet backbone would bring in greater returns in economic, social and political terms than all of those empty NCER, SJER, BLAH, etc, development areas.

1 Comment so far

  1. Hasbullah Pit (unregistered) on December 25th, 2007 @ 10:26 pm

    secara kebetulan saya pun bercerita tentang perkara ini


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