Hong Kong approves Wi-Fi for government plan

28 May 2007

(Xinhua via NewsEdge) A multi-million program to provide wireless Internet services in government premises has been approved by the Hong Kong Legislative Council for improving Internet services.

Deputy chief information officer Stephen Mak of Hong Kong government said the program of HK$217.6 million ($27.84 million) would bring benefits to citizens, the commercial sector, the information and communications technology industry and Hong Kong as a whole.

Under the program, Wi-Fi facilities will be set up at about 350 government premises for free use by the public in the coming two years.

And Wi-Fi services in priority sites, such as libraries and community halls, will be provided by mid 2008.

'Through this program and in concert with other Wi-Fi initiatives in the private sector, we envisage that ubiquitous access to the Internet would progressively be made available in all built-up areas of Hong Kong,' Mak said.

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