The Penang Free WiFi project was launched in 2009 as part of the Penang State Government’s groundbreaking Wireless@Penang initiative. It is the first and only initiative of its kind in the country where free wireless Internet is widely available to everyone in public areas such as recreational hubs and commercial centres.
To date, more than 1,550 hotspots have been successfully deployed across 13 Parliamentary and 40 State constituencies in Penang.
The system has now been upgraded to offer users to surf for free at speeds of up to 3Mbps at 50 WiFi hot spots in Penang’s heritage enclave and around the Komtar building. The hotspots with a login range of 50m to 100m have been set up in a number of cafes, budget hotels, coffeeshops, food courts and the Komtar bus terminal.
There is even a hotspot at the office of Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in Komtar’s Level 28. “But the speed will of course be reduced when more people log in. Still, we are happy that visitors to the heritage enclave will be able to enjoy free high-speed WiFi,” he explained at a press conference with local media.
The higher Internet speed, he said, was focused in the heritage enclave to provide a better surfing experience for tourists.
Redtone International Bhd group chief executive officer Lau Bik Soon said the state government was paying them RM152,000 a month to provide 1,560 free WiFi hotspots at 1Mbps in the state.
“We tripled the speed at the 50 hotspots at no extra charge,” he said.
The list of Penang high-speed free WiFi hotspots is published at www.penangfreewifi.com.my.