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i.Shanghai to provide free Wi-Fi

USERS of mobile devices will soon be able to get two hours of free wireless Internet in a number of city locations, paid for by the city government.

The scheme, called i.Shanghai, is set to cover 450 public venues by the end of next year.

Transport hubs, parks and public greenery areas, hospitals, shopping streets and government service halls will be among the first batch of sites to be covered by the program.

The scheme is part of an initiative to upgrade speed and convenience of the Internet service in Shanghai. The program aims to have a total of 2,400 areas covered over the next few years.

A free Wi-Fi service is already available in the Lujiazui area, which launched a "wireless financial city" program on Friday. The network covers a 1.7 square kilometer core area including the halls of 30 office buildings.

Urban planners say the expansion of Wi-Fi coverage is part of Shanghai's plan to become a "Smart City," operating on high-speed Internet technologies.


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