Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Taipei to become world's largest Wi-Fi zone

The greater Taipei area will soon be blanketed in wireless Internet access covering 28km2, making it the largest wireless Internet zone area in the world, Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said yesterday.

Ma made the announcement at the opening ceremony of an online "brain-game contest" at Taipei City Hall.

"Every city in the world is striving to become a place with as many wireless Internet connection points as possible. In two days, Taipei will establish a wireless Internet zone that covers 5 percent of the city's most-populated area. From June or July next year, around 90 percent of these areas will be provided with wireless access," Ma said.

The 28km2 wireless coverage includes Taipei's Shihmending, Hsinyi and other areas around Taipei Main Station where 2,300 wireless Internet access points can be seen.

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