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Penang FREE Wifi

Today I was about that to search on my wireless connection in office using my cousin brand new laptop with Windows 7~ I was kinda suprise that I got a profile named "Penang Free Wifi" The name "FREE" is really catching my eyes and would like to connect it for a test ^^ But its seem from my location only have 1 bar of signal therefore I'm thinking of to try on another day with my own laptop. Unforturnately I cannot get any signal from same location with my own laptop of Window Vista~ T_T




Here is some information about this "FREE" wifi from Penang~

How To Use The Penang Free WiFi Service By Merv: 30 Mar 2009

Since the announcement late last year about Penang Free WiFi, 26 initial hotspots have finally been set up and is operational. A total of 350 hotspots is expected to be ready by end of this year and 750 by December 2010. So how does one use this free wireless broadband service? I tested it out at Chulia Street earlier today, here’s what you do:

Go to a designated hotspot. So far, it is available around Komtar, Penang Road, Chulia Street, Bukit Jambul and Mayang Mall on the island and Permatang Pauh on the mainland. Turn on your WiFi and start looking for a signal that says “Penang Free WiFi”.




You can easily connect to the signal as it doesn’t ask for a password or anything. Once you have successfully connected, just open up your browser and go to any URL. You should then be taken to the Penang Free WiFi login/signup page (there may be an advertisement shown before the page loads). If you have already registered for it, you can just log in and go surfing.
If you haven’t registered for the service yet, all you have to do is sign up using the “New member registration” link which is found below the Sign In button. And… yup that’s all!!!
The speed was quite fast, much much better than the crawl I often get from my Streamyx at home! The service provider for Penang Free WiFi is HotGate Wireless (REDtone-HotGate) and should not be confused with the MyBroadband Penang WiFi project. I’m pretty sure the two are not linked, although I may be wrong… In any case, the current service looks good so far. Let’s see how it fares further down the road.

Another article about the list of available hotspot of Penang Free Wifi from WOK.COM.MY
Latest hotspot will available via WOK.com.my

Penang Island
Louis Cafe, Georgetown
Haven Delights, Penang Times Square
Dragon - Y, Bayan Baru
Makbul Nasi Kandar, Bayan Baru
B@92 Music Cafe, 92, Church Street
Bali-bali Hawker Centre, Sungai Dua
Mr. Pot Cafe, Gurney Drive
Golden Bay Seafood Restaurant, Bayan Baru
Ramen Wang, Pulau Tikus
Terrace Bay, Copthorne Orchid Hotel
The Bar, 1-Stop
Sunset Bar, Parkroyal Hotel
SOHO, Georgetown
Planters Lounge, Paradise Sandy Beach Hotel
Lobby Lounge, City Bayview Hotel
Grand Bay Bistro & Pub, Bayan Lepas
Flix Restaurant & Pub, E-Gate
Church Street Cafe, Georgetown
Carmen Club, City Bayview Hotel
Blue Moon Lounge, Equatorial Hotel
GSY Vegetarian Restaurant, Sungai Dua
Song He Vegetarian House, Georgetown
Tiffins, Parkroyal Penang
The View, Equatorial Hotel
Tamarind Brasserie, Parkroyal Penang
Shui Siang Tea House, Georgetown
Slippery Senoritas, The Garage
Revolving Restaurant, City Bayview Hotel
Main Street Cafe, Georgetown
Kopi Tiam, Georgetown
Hana Shima, The Garage
Hana K-Bar, The Garage
Hai Nan Town, Georgetown
Golden Phoenix, Equatorial Hotel
Gaya's Beach Side Bar & Restaurant, Paradise Sandy Beach Resort
Restoran Teow Chew Meng, Georgetown
Restoran Teow Chew Meng, Bayan Baru
Craven Cafe
Manila Place, Gurney Plaza
Thumb Cafe, Taman Pekaka
Redbox, Gurney Plaza
House of Notebooks, Gurney Plaza
Equatorial Hotel, Bukit Jambul
Sri Weld Food Court, Beach Street
SG2 Cafe, Bukit Jambul
Red Cafe, Jalan Burma
Winter Warmers, Gurney Plaza
Northern Point Cellular & Accessories, Pulau Tikus
Tari Cafe, Tanjung Tokong
BigBites, Ivory Plaza
Lemongrass Restaurant, Sg. Nibong

Seberang Perai
KFC, Autocity, Perai
Subway, Autocity, Perai
Kiosk@Bertam, Kepala Batas
Pak Hainan, BM
Segafredo, Autocity, Perai
OldTown White Coffee, Autocity, Perai
Takehana Japanese Restaurant, Autocity, Perai
Ice Ice Baby, Autocity, Perai
Apex Coffee, Butterworth
Fresh Food Court, Taman Desa Damai, Bukit Mertajam
Jesselton Lounge, Sunway Hotel
Cafe Tropics, Sunway Hotel
Sake Room (Sushi N Lounge), Bandar Seberang Jaya
Pearlview Hotel coffee house, Perai
Homestyle Kopitiam, Taman Inderawasih, Perai
Salam Nasi Kandar, Jalan Ong Yi How, Raja Uda, BW (Free 24Hrs)
IS Coffee, Megamall Pinang, Perai

The Star News article about Penang Free Wifi
GEORGE TOWN: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has launched “Penang Free WiFi” - the first step in making Penang the country’s first WiFi state.

The initiative, which is the first component of the state’s Wireless@Penang project, is aimed at giving Penangites free wireless broadband services.

“Today, Penang takes a bold step to make the entire state connected through wireless broadband and it’s a journey we want to complete within the next 18 to 24 months.

“This effort is 100% private sector driven with nearly no or minimal cost put in by the state government. However, there are no rights to exclusivity and all qualified and recognised industry players are welcome to interest of promoting competition,” Lim said at the launch in Komtar on Thursday.

He said the project was different from the Federal Government-initiated High Speed Broadband (HSBB) project costing RM11.3bil.

Lim said a preview of WiMAX@Penang, the state’s next step in providing for serious mobile Internet users who require faster speed, was scheduled for next week.

The Penang Free WiFi project is currently headed by content manager REDtone Telecommunications Sdn Bhd and service enabler Hotgate Technology (M) Sdn Bhd which will set up 750 wireless access points over the next one year.

He said the free WiFi service was already available on Komtar’s concourse level and 28th floor which houses the Chief Minister’s office.

“The WiFi service will be deployed on a ‘ripples strategy’ with simultaneous initial roll-outs in several core market centres on the island and mainland before they spread to cover the entire state,” Lim said.

REDtone group managing director Wei Chuan Beng said they would begin setting up access points in Queensbay Mall and the service should be available within the next four weeks.

“This will be followed by the areas located in Macalister Road, Burma Road, Gurney Plaza and Gurney Drive, Bukit Jambul Complex, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Butterworth and then Tanjung Bungah.

“The connection speed offered is at an average of 10 Mbps, depending on the specification of the notebooks, the speed can vary,” Wei said.

He said the REDtone-Hotgate consortium planned to invest at least RM10mil in the project but expected it to be self-funded from advertisements in the near future.

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