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Offline Johnnie F.

Thailand wires up with free Wi-Fi
« on: December 27, 2011, 03:08:22 PM »
Thailand wires up with free Wi-Fi

Twenty thousand public Wi-Fi hotspots will be turned on Wednesday, with another 20,000 expected to go live by next October, as Thai government aims to provide Internet access to 80 percent of country by 2016, says report.

The Thai government announced it will be offering free public Wi-Fi in the Greater Bangkok area starting on Wednesday, and the rollout is part of its 30 billion baht (US$957 million) ICT masterplan called Smart Thailand.

Local news agency Bangkok Post reported on Tuesday that Thailand's Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) plans to switch on public Wi-Fi hotspots at 20,000 locations in Greater Bangkok tomorrow. MICT minister Anudith Nakornthap added that another 20,000 hotspots will be available from October next year, and these wireless Internet zones will experience speeds of 2Mbps.

The minister pointed out that the Wi-Fi coverage has been planned for city halls in 77 provinces, 878 district offices, 2,010 municipalities, 7,355 tambons (sub-districts), 5,765 tambon administration organizations, 12,355 schools, 1,278 hospitals and 8,269 police stations.

The Wi-Fi deployment is part of the nation's Smart Thailand masterplan, which will start in 2012 and span across four years, the Bangkok Post noted. With this initiative, the Thai government plans to increase Internet coverage--both wired and wireless--to cover 80 percent of the country.

The masterplan also factors in the development of state-owned telecommunications company TOT's 3G wireless broadband network expansion and long-term evolution (LTE), the report added.

ZDNet Asia
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Thailand wires up with free Wi-Fi
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2011, 03:11:08 PM »
I just wonder how many new cybercops they hired now to keep the hot spots from being used for expressing criticism online. :-[
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Lebowski

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Re: Thailand wires up with free Wi-Fi
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2011, 07:40:52 PM »
Nice reporting....but,

Don't want to sound like a "killjoy", but it's got nothing to do with their (the government) good intentions as all these announcements never address the band width issue.

Who are you sharing this line with? Probably why "broadband" is so useless here.

TOT/TT&T advertise like a 10 Mbps line, but when you test it here......................... http://speedtest.adslthailand.com/

Then you realise what a whole load of crap it is.......lucky if you get 1 Mbps.

Don't even bother mentioning the up-load speed. 

They are also starting to mention 4G now but that's a joke, look at 3G, too many vested interests.

Will CAT/TT&T or TOT ever tolerate a connection that is faster than the so-called land line that is out there under the present infrastructure?.............Unlikely imo, probably why they are obstructing 3/4 G to become a reality.

Turf wars in cyber world really.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Thailand wires up with free Wi-Fi
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2011, 07:50:36 PM »
I remember reading somewhere that this free "wi-fi" is limited to 60 kbps per connection, i. e. like GPRS.
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Lebowski

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Re: Thailand wires up with free Wi-Fi
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2011, 08:29:15 PM »
Yes JF, ironically, you'd be lucky to get those speeds from an AIS/DTAC air card or a general mobile phone here, even if you paid a whole load of money for a top service.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Thailand wires up with free Wi-Fi
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2011, 09:19:15 PM »
Actually I can't complain about my ADSL though from the advertised 4 - 7 Mbps I only get steadily about  3- 4 Mbps, at peaks 5 or 6 Mbps. But I'm able to feed my Thai relatives and their kids on that as well (about 100 m) with an access point and a repeater. They're happy: free and fairly fast! But it took many years of waiting and continuous asking to get that.

Before that I had a CAT CDMA surfstick working fine and fairly steady at about 0.8 - 1.6 Mbps, sometimes even more.

And EDGE from DTAC on a USB dongle also came in quite steady at about 0.120 - 0.250 Mbps.

But AIS is a catastrophe. Five years ago they also were good here with GPRS, but things changed.
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Offline thaiga

Re: Thailand wires up with free Wi-Fi
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2011, 10:03:40 PM »
I was on ipstar 4yrs 512kbps 2300 bht a month.Never got the speed i paid for.
Now on a landline pay for 6 mbps get only 3_4.
 But when i connect another computer on the modem thats in another room. i get 5mbps or more.
 Very strange.
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