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Free Wi-Fi to reach 300 spots in city this year

LOCALS will enjoy free Wi-Fi at more public places in Shanghai like railway stations, the Bund area and hospitals by the end of this year, the latest effort the city take to build a "wireless city."

Users will be able to gain access to the free Wi-Fi for two hours each day at about 300 places in the city this year, with further expansion to 450 places in 2013.

The places will be tagged "i-Shanghai" to notice the users, said officials with city information technology authority.

Zhang Jianming, an official with local information technology commission said yesterday the fares will be covered by the municipal government and district governments as well.

Zhang added that users "may not link to video clips online at the beginning stage as to ensure the smooth login of other users sending or receiving emails."

Users can apply to different telecom operators and will not have to view advertisements after login.

Wi-Fi networks allow people to access the Internet through mobile devices like mobile phones, tablet computers and laptops.

However in real practice some complain they are often unaware of this and don't know how to access the service, while others said they hope the service can be provided on public transport systems.

Shanghai bus operator said earlier it intends to provide Wi-Fi in response to passengers' increasing demands. But details of the plan have not been set, bus officials said.

Along the three new bus lines opened recently in the downtown Lujiazui financial area in Pudong New Area, office workers can enjoy free Wi-Fi at bus stations but not onboard.


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