Some 20 selected locations around Ipoh will be installed with free Wi-Fi coverage service courtesy of Ipoh City Council (MBI) this year, in an effort to encourage the new normal lifestyle.
According to the Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin, the project, in which Wi-Fi networks will appear as ‘MBIFREEWIFI’, is to aid students involved in teaching and learning at home (PdPR) sessions.
“This is in line with supporting the Cikgu Saarani Tuition Programme which was launched earlier this month, besides helping entrepreneurs in expanding their online product marketing.
“Kampung Manjoi is the first-ever locality in town to be equipped with MBIFREEWIFI, with the Sungai Tapah Community Hall here as the network hub,” he told reporters during a media session after launching the free Wi-Fi project at the said community hall today (February 28).
Also present was city secretary, Zuraina Kamarul Ariff. 10 tablets were presented by the council to students from families under the B40 category living in Kampung Manjoi as a part of PdPR.
Each Wi-Fi network has an internet speed of up to 300 Mbps (megabit per second) (equivalent to 37.5MBps (megabyte per second)), with coverage radius of up to 50m. It can be connected by 200 to 250 users at a time.
“Some of the other locations which will be equipped with MBIFREEWIFI include the Children’s Playground (next to Gerbang Malam night market), Medan Kidd Bus Station, Kinta Riverwalk, Kampung Sri Kinta (near Pasir Puteh), Bercham and Menglembu, among others
“Installations at all 20 locations will tentatively be completed by the end of April this year. Network coverage specifications may be added based on requirements in the future,” Rumaizi stated.
“Around RM200,000 was utilised by MBI for installations of Wi-Fi network infrastructure, with future monthly billings of around RM50,000.
“We welcome any parties who would like to cooperate in the project to achieve the mission of making Ipoh a smart city,” he expressed.