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Free Wi-Fi expands via True-BMA plan

1/05/2012
Suchit Leesa-nguansuk

Starting today Bangkokians will be able to use free public Wi-Fi service at 23,000 hotspots courtesy of the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) and True Corp.


Three more mobile operators and internet service providers are planning to join the "Bangkok WiFi" project to expand the service throughout Bangkok.

Under a three-year agreement ending in April 2015 between BMA and True Internet, a subsidiary of True Corp, the Bangkok Wi-Fi service will offer two download speeds - 256 Kbps and 2 Mbps - and it can serve up to 150,000 users.

The 2 Mbps is free for five hours per month, while the 256 Kbps is unlimited, said Non Ingkutanon, True's general manager for broadband. Users are required to register every six months to renew the service.

The coverage includes 450 schools under the BMA's supervision, hospitals, transport stations, department stores, main streets and parks.

True is responsible for the costs of Wi-Fi equipment, installation, maintenance and service signs.

"The standard of our service is equal to public Wi-Fi services in the United States or Singapore," said Mr Non.

The BMA has rolled out free public Wi-Fi service in Bangkok at 15,000 locations the past three years, offered at 64 Kbps.

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry is also offering free public Wi-Fi at 20,000 locations around Greater Bangkok. An additional 20,000 Wi-Fi hotspots are expected by October this year.

The 40,000 hotspots, under the ICT's fiscal budget for 2012, will have an average speed of 2 Mbps serving mainly educational areas.

Mr Non said a faster Wi-Fi speed is needed as mobile users spend around 30 minutes only on each connection.

Mr Non said the service did not cost True anything as it was part of the existing Wi-Fi infrastructure. It just allocated some bandwidth to the public service.

True provides a minimum commercial Wi-Fi service at 8 Mbps for 599 baht per month. Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said wireless internet access will narrow the digital divide.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Telecommunications, INTERNET, Free Wi-Fi expands via True-BMA plan, 1/05/2012, Suchit Leesa-nguansuk, link

Free Public Wi-Fi Internet Access Vocabulary

Wi-Fi - "a popular technology that allows an electronic device to exchange data wirelessly (using radio waves) over a computer network, including high-speed Internet connections" (See Wikipedia)

hotspot -
WiFi hotspot, a place where you can connect to the internet with your computer or mobile phone using WiFi (See Wikipedia)

free public Wi-Fi service at 23,000 hotspots

service - บริการ something produced in a service industry, not a physical good that can be bought, a waitress and a cook in a restaurant provide a service, technically: a sequence of activities that does not result in ownership of the outcome (See Wikipedia on services and the goods and services continuum)

free service -
a service that you can use for free (such as public WiFi at hotspots)
standard of service -
the quality or level of service offered

Wifi service

free public Wi-Fi service

service signs - signs in public that tell people the service is available at this place

rolled out
rolled out a service
rolled out free public Wi-Fi service


digital divide - when different groups in society have unequal access to, use of, or knowledge of the internet (information and communication technologies), can be inequalities between individuals, households, businesses, geographic areas and between whole countries at the global level  (See Wikipedia)
narrow the digital divide - make access to the internet more equal between groups in society
wireless internet access will narrow the digital divide

wireless - radio, communication without wires (for example, most modems in houses nowadays are wireless) ไร้สาย (การติดต่อสื่อสารผ่านวิทยุ คลื่นวิทยุ ไร้สาย)
access - the right or opportunity to have or use something ได้รับสิทธิ์หรือโอกาสในการใช้
wireless internet 
wireless internet access

telecommunications - telecoms, dealing with telephones, radio, internet, etc การโทรคมนาคม หมายถึง การสื่อสารทางไกลโดยใช้โทรศัพท์ เคเบิล โทรทัศน์ วิทยุและโทรเลข

free Wi-Fi expands via True-BMA plan
Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) - the name of the local government for the city of Bangkok
courtesy of the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) and True Corp

Starting today Bangkokians will be able to use free public Wi-Fi service at 23,000 hotspots courtesy of the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) and True Corp.

operators - companies running some type of business
mobile operators - companies with a mobile phone network that provide mobile phone service like AIS, DTAC and True 

internet service providers - companies that provide internet connections at homes and businesses

expand - to become larger and bigger ขายตัวออกไป
expand service
expand the service throughout Bangkok.

subsidiary - a company that is owned by a larger company บริษัทลูก บริษัทในเครือ

Three more mobile operators and internet service providers are planning to join the "Bangkok WiFi" project to expand the service throughout Bangkok. Under a three-year agreement ending in April 2015 between BMA and True Internet, a subsidiary of True Corp, the Bangkok Wi-Fi service will offer two download speeds - 256 Kbps and 2 Mbps - and it can serve up to 150,000 users.

broadband - the most common high-speed data transmission used for high-speed Internet access, fast enough to support applications such as streaming video (See Wikipedia)
register - have name put on an official list (and receive permission to do something) ลงทะเบียน ขึ้นทะเบียน (ขอใบอนุญาต)

renew - extend the period that something is valid and can be used (when it is about to expire and end) ต่ออายุ ต่อ  เริ่มใหม่
renew service - extend, add to the period of service (that you receive a service)

The 2 Mbps is free for five hours per month, while the 256 Kbps is unlimited, said Non Ingkutanon, True's general manager for broadband. Users are required to register every six months to renew the service.

coverage - the area that can receive a service (such as internet or mobile phone) 
Wi-Fi coverage - the area served by WiFi

supervision - management, the process of making sure that something is being done properly การควบคุมดูแล การตรวจตรา
under the BMA's supervision - being managed by the BMA 

transport
- to move people or things from one place to another ขนส่ง
transport stations - such as bus stations or train stations or subway stations 

The coverage includes 450 schools under the BMA's supervision, hospitals, transport stations, department stores, main streets and parks.

responsible -
equipment -
installation -

maintenance - work that is done to keep something such as a building, machine, or piece of equipment repaired and in good condition การซ่อมบำรุง

True is responsible for the costs of Wi-Fi equipment, installation, maintenance and service signs. "The standard of our service is equal to public Wi-Fi services in the United States or Singapore," said Mr Non. The BMA has rolled out free public Wi-Fi service in Bangkok at 15,000 locations the past three years, offered at 64 Kbps.

expected - believe will happen คาดว่า (จะเกิดขึ้น)
20,000 Wi-Fi hotspots are expected by October

budget - the amounts of money that an organisation has available to spend on different things during a period งบประมาณ (See Wikipedia)
fiscal - connected with the government budget, i.e., public money เกี่ยวกับงบประมาณ
fiscal - related to government spending
fiscal budget 
the ICT's fiscal budget for 2012

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry is also offering free public Wi-Fi at 20,000 locations around Greater Bangkok. An additional 20,000 Wi-Fi hotspots are expected by October this year. The 40,000 hotspots, under the ICT's fiscal budget for 2012, will have an average speed of 2 Mbps serving mainly educational areas.  Mr Non said a faster Wi-Fi speed is needed as mobile users spend around 30 minutes only on each connection.

infrastructure - the high-cost facilities that everyone in the economy shares (water, roads, electricity, trains) สาธารณูปโภค
Wi-Fi infrastructure - all the expensive equipment such as antennas and base stations that are needed to keep WiFi running
allocated - given for a special purpose or use
bandwidth - the capacity for a given system to transfer data, the data transmission rate; the maximum amount of information (bits/second) that can be transmitted along a channel
allocated bandwidth to the public service
commercial - for business purposes
commercial Wi-Fi service

Mr Non said the service did not cost True anything as it was part of the existing Wi-Fi infrastructure. It just allocated some bandwidth to the public service. True provides a minimum commercial Wi-Fi service at 8 Mbps for 599 baht per month. Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said wireless internet access will narrow the digital divide.

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