Tuesday, December 18, 2007

wireless@KL starting from 2008

Kuala Lumpur will become a wireless city next year with the implementation of KL Wireless Metropolitan Project or wireless@KL!

Limitless wireless broadband Internet access will be available anytime and anywhere as 1,500 WiFi stations will be installed around the city in the commercial areas, offices, residential areas, community centers and other public areas.

Speed: 512 kps (its operating on WiMax technology - 2.3GHz spectrum)

Cost: FREE (for the 1st 2 years)

Duration of the implementation: 80% of KL will be covered by September 2008. 2,000 more stations will be installed in the second phase.

Service providers: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Packet One Networks (M) Bhd.

Read here for more information.

Personal Opinion:
I'm definitely welcome such move as it will helps to promote better broadband penetration in Malaysia as well as providing more alternatives to the current broadband market. However, the main concern will be the speed of the access and the charges after the free-2 years period. Let's wait and see for the evolution of our 1st WiFi city in Malaysia!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's high time they have this going. Singapore is years ahead of Malaysia on this initiative.

But looks like they are going to still slow with the roll out because they are using a technology that has not been certified.

What is going to happen if the technology invested does not get certification and or worst, abandoned by the world IT industry.

Do we have to rebuild the entire infrastructure again?