Monday, March 27, 2023

KL becomes "wireless city", soon

Kuala Lumpur will soon be covered with 1,500 WiFi hotspots starting middle next year.

A a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between DBKL,MCMC and Green Packet(Packet 1). The phase 1 of the project will cost RM60 million where RM50 million will come from Green Packet and the rest by MCMC and DBKL.

The project is called the “KL Wireless Metropolitan project“.

It is similar to what Singapore has been offering to its citizens since last year. Although this new WiFi service will be using WiMAX as its backbone, wouldn’t that be too late to offer full WiFi coverage now?

By mid next year, WiMAX will be offered by 3 telcos in Peninsular and 1 in East Malaysia. Plus, WiMAX hardwares(routers, PC Cards) and notebooks with WiMAX capability will be offered very-very soon.

The KL Wireless Metropolitan project has three phases, where 90% of the Klang Valley population will be covered with WiFi by 2010.

The wireless broadband service will offer speed up to 512Kbps and will be free for 2 years.

I hope this initiative does not end up like here.

Kugan is the co-founder of MalaysianWireless. He has been observing the mobile industry since 2003. Connect with him on Twitter: @scamboy

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