Staying connected at the peak


(From fourth left) Cheok, Chow and Lee with other officials smiling for the camera at the press conference in Komtar, Penang, to announce the much-awaited WiFi service at Penang Hill.

(From fourth left) Cheok, Chow and Lee with other officials smiling for the camera at the press conference in Komtar, Penang, to announce the much-awaited WiFi service at Penang Hill.

THE much-awaited WiFi service with wifi@unifi is now available at Penang Hill.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said visitors can enjoy Internet connectivity for free while visiting the peak of the Pearl of the Orient.

He said the free WiFi service is an initiative by Penang Hill Corporation (PHC) in partnership with Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) where the service is fully set up by TM, including the installation of fiber optic cables and routers, as well as its daily operations.

“PHC is delighted to collaborate with TM on this project to enhance Internet connectivity at the main areas of Penang Hill, making it easier than ever for visitors to get connected while enjoying their time here.

“This collaboration also echoes PHC’s commitment to continuously enhance the infrastructure and facilities at this magnificent hill,” he said during a press conference in Komtar, Penang, recently.

Chow, who is the chairman of PHC, said with wifi@unifi in place, visitors can enjoy free WiFi at the Lower Station, Upper Station, Cliff Cafe, and Dataran areas.

“This initiative allows visitors to be connected at the main areas of Penang Hill.

“With this service, visitors can upload the alluring images of mesmerising sceneries and beauteous flora and fauna that they have captured during their visit, and instantly share these with their friends and families via social media.

“This helps promote the diversity of attractions on the hill, such as heritage architectures, breathtaking views and the hidden gems in this tropical rainforest,” he said.

Chow said users can use this free WiFi service via ‘i-foundit!’ app which can be downloaded using the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

“This app locates WiFi hotspots and connects users to close to 14,000 wifi@unifi hotspots nationwide, which include shopping malls, airports and eateries,” he said, adding that the service is available for free to public until further notice.

TM Penang general manager Kelvin Lee said the joint initiative by PHC and TM provides free Internet access at a speed of up to 100Mbps for visitors to the popular tourist site.

“It took us two years to make this happen and we are proud of it,” he said, adding that there are 13 access points on the Lower Station and nine on top of the hill.

Also present was PHC general manager Cheok Lay Leng.