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Free WiFi for Beijing's urban and rural areas by 2011

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:

by 2011 Beijing will become the “largest wireless city in China”...

...At present there are pilot schemes for in the districts of Xuanwu, Chongwen, Chaoyang, Shijingshan, Daxing and Pinggu, in places associated with agriculture, local government offices, and scientific technology.

Furthermore, nearly half of Beijing’s top universities have wireless Internet: Tsinghua university (清华大学) alone has 500 hotspots.

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the problem with the uni's hotspots is it's not free. and the only way you can access it is you go to the network building and register and pay the monthly fees providing of course yo have the appropriate documents. i.e. student ard or faculty documents so you can go wireless on the internet.

There are always security problems that associate with "open wifi". For example, if someone connects to the wireless network and initiates hacker attack to portal websites, there's not way to identify who's doing it. Also, for users, they'd better use only HTTPS sites in case they have to type passwords otherwise it can be eavesdropped. Tunneling thru secured VPN or SSH is another safe option.

That's why most universities require electronic ID when connecting to campus wifi.

I'm not an engineer, but I play one on TV.

How the fuck do you get 10 million QQ and/or bittorrent addicts onto a friggin' PGofBM wifi network??

Meeeeeh good luck with that...

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