Ipoh City Council plans to provide free wireless Internet service in 20 locations.
Mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said work to instal the service, called MBIFreeWiFi, was currently under way at the first location — Sungai Tapah public hall in Manjoi.
He announced that the service, with speeds of 300Mbps, was expected to be operational at the end of April.
“This is meant to help students in studying and learning at home, ” he said during the launch of the service at Sungai Tapah public hall.
“It is also to complement the Cikgu Saarani tuition programme launched last month by Perak Mentri Besar, ” said Rumaizi.
“The service can help entrepreneurs expand their business on the Internet as well.”
He said the service could accommodate between 200 and 250 users at any one time.
The coverage area, he said, was within 50m from the hall, where four access points were being installed.
“We will announce the other locations soon.
“MBIFreeWiFi is part of the council’s plan to realise the Ipoh Smart City vision, ” he added.
At the launch, Rumaizi presented tablets to 10 children from underprivileged families.
Present at the ceremony were city councillors Datuk Mazlan Abdul Rahman, Abu Bakar Hussian and Puteri Holijah Muhamad Rali.