No. of free WiFi hotspots to rise to 9,000 in Taipei
The number of WiFi hotspots available for free online browsing and downloading will increase by 3,000 to 9,000 in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, Mayor Ko Wen-je said Tuesday while announcing the formation of a new Taipei wireless network alliance.
Through collaborations with nine business operators who between them own a total of 3,000 hotspots, the alliance on the Taipei Free platform — which already has 6,000 free WiFi hotspots — will begin Oct. 10, providing free WiFi services at 9,000 hotspots around the city, Ko said.
As soon as smart phone users download the “Taipei WiFi Alliance” application on their devices, they will be able to roam in the 9,000 free wireless network zones with one single account, officials at the city’s Department of Information Technology said.
The nine businesses that make up the alliance are ATT 4 Fun, Cama, the department store chain Pacific Sogo, Taipei 101, the convenience store chain Family Mart, Huashan Spot Theater, Miramar Entertainment Park, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store Co., and Shin Kong Cinemas.
The Taipei WiFi Alliance app will launch its Android version onOct. 10, with an iOS version to be released after it receives verification, according to the city department.