No. of free WiFi hotspots to rise to 9,000 in Taipei

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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