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Thailand Covers Border City with Free Wi-Fi
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia/
Source Date: Monday, June 10, 2013
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Thailand
Created: Jun 18, 2013

Ministry of ICT (MICT), Thailand last week launched free Wi-Fi project to cover Nong Khai province with high speed Internet, in an effort to prepare this border city for the coming Asean Economic Community (AEC).


Nong Khai is a city in the North East of Thailand, located on the Mekong River near the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge that is spanning the river to Laos, on the other side. The city is vibrant and famous for being a place where citizens of both countries coming for visiting, residing, and trading.


“Nong Khai is like a gateway to our neighbour [Laos]. The free Wi-Fi project will enhance the city’s socio-economics and education for residents of Nong Khai,” said MICT Deputy Permanent Secretary Somboon Mekpaiboonwattana.


Deputy Nongkai Governor Vichien Piyawarakorn said that the city is in preparation to embrace the Asean integration in 2015, and is now focusing on improving its necessary infrastructure for the coming economic growth.


“The Free Wi-Fi project will faciliate Nong Khai residents — students, public officials, business person, and visitors to the province — to benefit from accessing the high speed internet,” he added.


People in Nong Khai will enjoy the high speed internet of up to two Mbps, at 30 minutes per day of up to 15 hours per month by selecting the “ICT Free WiFi by True” network and proceed the registration process.


“The ICT Free Wi-Fi by True project” in Nong Khai is in partnership with True Corporation — a private ICT provider, and in line with the MICT’s “Smart Thailand” campaign to promote free Wi-Fi at the Public place.


Started in 2011, the MICT has already provided Free Wi-Fi hotspots to cover up to 120,000 locations across the country in collaboration with public and private sector. The ministry plans to provide more hotspots of up to 150,000 location by next year.
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