what does it take to wi-fi the entire city...

For those who are aware, we are now blessed with Wi-Fi connections in various places in KK; some free, some involved a sum of fee. In restaurants, shopping complexes, coffee houses, hotels...They are called hot-spots.  Nevertheless, it shows that we here in Sabah are aware of the technology that evolves around us. However I don't think the penetration level in the City itself reaches even 20%. Let alone the entire State.

Which got me thinking, what if we Wi-Fi the whole of KK? Thinking Don't you think it's a good idea? Well, I think so. Some of the cities in Malaysia has already implement it, namely Malacca City and Miri, and it is doing well, according to reports. Although it does not reach the maximum level it should reach, which is 100%, but still it is able to provide the majority of the people an internet connection. And it's free! Internet in the whole city is free!

Why should we be so excited about WiMAX (Yes, I know it's fast! Red Tone Telecommunications is about to roll it out here in Sabah, as well as Sarawak) when we already have a proven technology. After all with the unreliability of our broadband providers (Streamyx, Jaring, Maxis, Celcom, etc), I don't think we will be ready to jump ship as quickly when the rolling out starts. I believe there are lots of things still unexplored using Wi-Fi.

So what do you think people. I know I don't generate enough traffic here in ezooone@seweng, but those who always come by here, I need your ideas and comments on this. What does it take to Wi-Fi the whole, entire Kota Kinabalu, and then provide free Wi-Fi service? What type of equipments do we need? What about the system? What's the revenue like? Who will develop the content? Maybe we can explore new possibilities (i.e. business opportunities eh!) by implementing this idea. Winking Hey, we are so being exposed to the SDC thingy, maybe the Government should take a serious look in this. After all, we still need the budget right? Big Grin


Beey Honey said...

WIFI for whole part of KK is a very good idea, and more better if it is free to use every where in kk..so that kk will be the first in this country to provide free wifi for the whole town...peace..

mArMaLaDe said...

beey honey: agree with u!

seweng: cuba ba ko p bincang2 sma org2 yg berkenaan..ehehe..hari2 ni dpt ilmu kalo the entire city ada wifi..hahaha..

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