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Beijing's free Wi-Fi access gets easier

By Yan Shuang (Global Times)

09:30, October 27, 2011

A man tries to access free Wi-Fi near Guomao in CBD Wednesday. Seven areas in Beijing will provide free Wi-Fi service soon. A similar campaign was launched in the CBD in April. Photo: Guo Yingguang/GT

Free Wi-Fi will cover seven areas in Beijing including Xidan, Wangfujing, Zhongguancun and main railway stations.

The service could start as soon as the end of November, said Beijing Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology Wednesday.

While residents generally welcome the new service, previous efforts to provide free Wi-Fi in Beijing have been criticized for being difficult to access and having slow connection speeds.

Users of wireless-enabled devices will see a Wi-Fi option named "My Beijing" and by entering their cellphone number they will get a password. Each password is valid for three hours, and users can repeat the identification process when the time is up.

The free Wi-Fi project, led by the commission, is a cooperation between China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, and will last for three years.

The commission started discussions with the three telecom operators in May, and they will give the operators some favorable policies for their development in return, according to the commission.

Most of the access points have been installed, and some Wi-Fi is already up and running, said the commission Wednesday.

The project will provide a 2Mbps broadband wireless service at each access point, which can ensure the public's demands for online information acquisition.

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PD User at 2011-10-27183.39.47.*
New China's Cultural Drive is NOT just about movies, shows & beijing operas:= Smart and good if this WIFI service is offered for Free-of-charge for 1st-hour at all public places of China, especially in the rural areas first of all to benefit the poorer folks for daily free uses of 1 hour and as well tourists can enjoy this welcoming privilege just in any case of emergencies happening around the globe that such free 1 hour service per day can be very helpful information updates while travelling. Then follow on to charge at a token rate of say Yuan5.00 per hour thereafter for upto max four(4) hours per China's registered mobile number per day basis. This Yuan5.00/Hr and Max4 hours per day limitation also acts as a buffer to manage abuses of WIFI services; that means every user has to Logout to save money and time limit so that others may enjoy the services too. Foreigners can easily register a prepaid new mobile # via ONLINE platforms or from telecom stores everywhere in China if they wish to benefit from Free+1Hr/Day connections anywhere in China while being inside China; or to register a regular mobile# to enjoy the full range of services. This is also a way to filter user's intent and purpose for quick identification, if called for, since this world is rough, wayward and inconspicuously surprising at times like for examples wild fires, storms, terrorist attacks, etc…. . The smart word is, “Provide Quality Services with solid connections”, else stop & forget about this so-called Free-WIFI-Service that may backfire to enable others to ridicule you again.

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