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 Friday, May 04, 2012
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and True Internet will continue jointly offering free Wi-Fi service for residents of the capital under the Bangkok Wi-Fi project for another three years, through April 29, 2015.

True will launch a similar free-service model in other major provinces, in line with its plan to expand its Wi-Fi network to cover 60 provinces this year from the present 40.

The Bangkok service covers about 20,000 spots across the city. It is available in two options. The first offers maximum download/upload speeds of 2 megabits per second/512 kilobits per second and free usage of five hours per month. The other provides a download/upload connection speed of 256kb/s and 128kb/s respectively and unlimited usage.

The service can reach a total of 150,000 users per six months. Users need to register with the project to receive passwords to log in to the service. They have to register for a new password every six months.

Under the collaboration, True will also expand the Wi-Fi network by 1,000 spots per year with the focus on hospitals, public parks and schools.

Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra and True Online chief commercial officer Charoen Limkangwanmongkol signed the memorandum of understanding to continue the project. True Internet is part of the True Online group. The governor said the BMA had approached all Internet providers to join this project, which is open for all to take part.

True is responsible for the cost of the network installation, equipment maintenance cost, and related cost of the project.The parties jointly initiated the Bangkok Wi-Fi project three years ago on an exclusive basis. At that time the service could serve a maximum of 100,000 users.

(Source: The Nation News Paper)
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