SHAH ALAM, 22 Nov: The state-wide installation of broadband internet (wifi) in Selangor is being rapidly implemented and is expected to be completed by early January 2013.
Welfare, Women’s Affairs, Science, Technology and Innovation Exco member, Rodziah Ismail said that the State Government has identified the proposed locations, among them are areas which do not have wifi service.
In addition, public hotspots and areas with a high population density as well as middle-income or modest to low economic areas have been identified.
Rodziah added that the State Government through the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) will be the first Local Authority (PBT) to successfully launch the Selangor Public Project Integrated Network System (SPINS).
She said that 200 locations have been identified throughout MBPJ to implement the project.
“This project includes free wifi internet facility which can be utilized by users to integrate all efforts made by the State Government as well as to facilitate interaction with government systems,” she said when answering questions from Lembah Jaya Assemblyman, Khasim Abdul Aziz.
Obviously, free wifi service is offered to the people taking into account the concept of free water by the State Government where each user is given free wifi for a period of 30 minutes and after that, the user must log in again.
Answering additional question from Taman Medan Assemblyman, Haniza Mohamed Talha regarding complaints that the wifi service cannot be used, Rodziah said the State Government has referred to MBPJ regarding the matter.
“The wifi services experiencing technical problems are in Petaling Jaya but it is only a small technical problem,” he said.
For the record, since 2008 to 2012, wifi services have been installed in a total of 332 locations and 15 People’s Cyber Cafes have been established.