Penang ramps up free WiFi speed in George Town

20 Oct Penang ramps up free WiFi speed in George Town

Penang is boosting the speed of its six-year-old free WiFi service to 3Mbps at 50 hotspots in the Komtar and Unesco world heritage site areas.

In a statement from Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s office today, the state government said users at the two selected areas will now get better and faster free service that will enhance their web browsing experience.

“With many people owning smart phones, tablets and laptops, the faster 3Mbps speed will mean users can now do much more, including streaming videos, movies and songs,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the normal speed for other free WiFi hotspots state-wide is up to 1Mbps.

The roll out of the 50 high-speed hotspots is the latest in the state government’s ongoing efforts to make the free public WiFi service as good and as convenient as possible, the statement said.

The upgrade has come on the heels of a bandwidth increase from 75Mbps to 375Mbps in February this year, enabling internet users to enjoy a faster speed of up to 1Mbps compared to 512kbps previously.

Lim is expected to launch the higher speed service on Wednesday, identified by a High Speed Penang Free WiFi logo.

The free service was first launched in 2009 by the state government. It is available at 1,560 hotspots in all the state’s 40 constituencies.

Today, there are about 600,000 registered users with an average 20,000 users logging into the service every day.

“To date, Penang remains the only state in the country to provide such a free internet access at public places, on such a scale,” Lim said. – October 19, 2015

 

Source; The Malaysian Insider

 

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