Free wireless Internet access at the Ipoh Padang has been launched, but one user is already hogging the service 24 hours a day for the past two months.
Although the act is not an offence, the state government and the service provider are taking steps to identify the user.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali said the act would only deprive others from accessing the free service.
The free access within a 1km range from Ipoh Padang here could accommodate a total of 63 concurrent users and 250 associate users, he said.
Concurrent users are those who are downloading information from the Internet while associate users are those who are only surfing on the Internet.
“If one user is hogging the service, only 62 others could use it to download information from the Internet,” Tajol Rosli said after launching the wireless Internet service here on Monday.
He said the company Red Snapper (M) Sdn Bhd, which helped to develop the wireless Internet service, would be compiling data to try and trace the user.
Red Snapper executive chairman Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff said the data would be sent to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to help trace the user.
“At first we thought it was the police or the military, but it cannot be as the line is not secured,” said Rais Hussin.
The other place which users can have free wireless Internet access is Taman D.R. Seenivasagam here.
Certain parts of the city here also had wireless Internet access, but users must be Jaring subscribers, Tajol Rosli said.
He also reminded the people not to misuse the free Internet service by sending out slanderous news about politicians, sabotaging other people’s businesses or surfing for pornography.
“If such negative acts come about, they would only eliminate the positive elements that come with the Internet,” he added. -The Star