Press Statement by YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang on 26 March 2011 at PDC Telco & Redtone Penang Free WiFi Phase II Signing Ceremony
YB Jeff Ooi, Chairman of PDC Telecommunication Services Sdn Bhd
Mr. Wei Chuan Beng, Managing Direstor of Redtone International Bhd
Mr. Lau Bik Soon, Executive Director of Redtone International Bhd
DatoÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ Rosli bin Jaafar, Pengurus Besar, Perbadanan Pembangunan Pulau Pinang (PDC) dan juga Ahli Lembaga Pengarah, PDC Telecommunication Services Sdn. Bhd.
Ir. Abd Malek bin Omar, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif, PDC Telecommunication Services Sdn. Bhd.
PENANG TO GET ANOTHER 750 FREE WIFI HOTSPOTS
State governmentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s latest initiative will see free Wi-Fi coverage areas doubled to 1,500
The Penang government has intensified its efforts to provide free broadband access in the island by adding another 750 free Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the state as part of phase two of its ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Penang Free Wi-FiÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ initiative.
The installation of these 750 hotpots is expected to be completed by April 2012, by which time the number of free Wi-Fi coverage areas would have doubled to 1,500 total will cost RM8.5 million over 5 years.
The ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Penang Free Wi-FiÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ service is a component of the stateÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Wireless@Penang initiative and the first 750 hotspots were launched in 2009.
The state government today through Penang Development Corporation (PDC) Telecommunication Services Sdn Bhd signed an MOU with REDtone International Bhd for the latter to install the facility for phase two of the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Penang Free Wi-FiÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ project. Signing on behalf of (PDC) Telecommunication Services Sdn Bhd is YB Jeff Ooi Chuan Aun, Chairman of (PDC) Telecommunication Services Sdn Bhd while REDtone is represented by its Wei Chuan Beng, Managing Director of REDtone International Bhd.
The free Wi-Fi service enables Penangites and visitors to the island to enjoy wireless Internet service without having to fork out any money at selected shopping complexes, commercial, residential areas and other public areas. The free Wi-Fi service locations are easily identified by signages.
Currently, there are 50,000 registered users for the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Penang Free Wi-FiÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ service. To become a user, the person will need to register first.