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City WiFi benefits locals and tourists

21st October, 2017


KOTA KINABALU: The newly launched KK City WIFI will benefit locals and tourists in KK with free internet access.

“On May 2016, I had raised the proposal on the need to set up free WiFi service for the people and tourists in this city,” said Communications and Multimedia (MCMC) Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

He added that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Sept 23 last year between Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) and Borneo Global Connect Sdn Bhd in the effort to place KK City on the same level with other ICT savvy and internet accessible cities.

“This project will provide free WiFi access around KK; to maintain its quality, the WiFi access would be connected with high speed fibre,” said Salleh during the KK City WIFI launching ceremony here yesterday.

The first phase of KK City WIFI covers hot spots around the city from Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens to Jalan Pantai – Jalan Tugu, Lintasan Deasoka, Kg. Air and Shell Plaza.

According to Salleh, the project is in line with MCMC target to improve communication infrastructure in Sabah.

“Through MCMC, focus is given to include wider broadband, improve service quality and close the digital gap through digital services such as e-government, e-health, e-commerce, e-payment and more.

“To generate strategy for the digital economy development, good broadband connection is seen as the main catalyst where RM1 billion was allocated for 2017,” he asserted.

This include rural broadband project which will improve internet speed from 5Mbps to 20Mbps; high speed broadband project (HSBB) and submarine cable system (SKR1M) which connects Peninsula with Sabah and Sarawak.

“To encourage broadband usage, the government has set a vision that in two years, users will enjoy broadband twice as fast for half the price,” noted Salleh.

Meanwhile, DBKK director of Information Technology department, David Ng said some 55,000 registered users have been recorded using the free WiFi since early this year.

“Users only have to register through any social media. With the speed of 30Mbps, each user is entitled to 10GB of quota with no time limit every day,” he said.

According to Ng, the KK City WIFI is modeled after New York City WIFI structure which provides strong Access Point (AP) thus creating a wider coverage.

“The APs are close to each other so when users move from one place to another, they would not lose the connection,” he said, adding that Gaya Street is the only area that has not been equipped with the free WiFi.

“We face technical issue in Gaya Street because of the limited space to place the APs. We will have to discuss with business owners to place APs over the buildings.

“However, they are very cooperative and I believe the free WiFi would also benefit their business,” said Ng adding that the project is expected to be completed next week.

He further stated that phase two of the KK City WIFI will cover the cycle-way from Taman Awam Teluk Likas all the way to Imago cycle-way.

Also present during the launching ceremony yesterday were Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Haji Aman, Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry, Datuk Musbah Haji Jamli and Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai.

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