Wireless and mobile Internet
Posted by Alice Xin Liu on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 2:47 PM
Within three years Beijing will have free access to WiFi (wireless Internet) in all of its districts, reported Beijing Business Today.
Zhang Yu, Deputy Director of Beijing's Information Technology Office announced the plan at the Wireless City Summit 2008 which just ended.
In July, to service the Olympics, a WiFi signal covered the Second and Third Ring Roads, the CBD, on Financial Street, around Zhongguancun and Wangjing’s Economic and Technological Development Zones.
Unfortunately, the signal was not very good, and nobody at Danwei was ever able to use it to access the Internet (see Danwei post from June this year linked below).
You can still sometimes receive the signal in these areas; look for the WiFi network named 'CECT-CHINACOMM'.
According to the Beijing Business Today, the plans for free WiFi are being extended:
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