A free public Wi-Fi network of 23,000 hotspots provided jointly by the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) and True Corp has been launched, with three more ISPs and cellcos planning on joining the ‘Bangkok WiFi’ project, reports the Bangkok Post. Under a three-year agreement ending in April 2015 between BMA and True Internet, up to 150,000 simultaneous Wi-Fi users can be served at connection speeds of either 256kbps or 2Mbps, the former available for unlimited free usage while the latter is free for five hours per month. Coverage includes major commercial roads, department stores, parks, transport stations, hospitals and 450 schools. True is responsible for the costs of Wi-Fi equipment, installation and maintenance. The BMA has rolled out free public Wi-Fi services in Bangkok at 15,000 locations in the past three years, previously offered at 64kbps, while the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry is also offering free public Wi-Fi at 20,000 locations around Greater Bangkok; an additional 20,000 Wi-Fi hotspots are expected by October this year.
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