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Free Wifi Spots To Be Expanded Almost Nationwide: Thailand

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Free wifi spots to be expanded almost nationwide

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BANGKOK, Dec 15 – The government’s free wifi service will cover 80 per cent of the country by May next year, according to the Information and Communications Technology Ministry (ICT).

ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap said the ministry was allocated a new budget of Bt831 million to expand the free wifi coverage which is currently available at 200,000 spots nationwide.

The service is partly to facilitate first grade students who have been given free tablets for education under the government’s “Smart Thailand” policy, he said.

Mr Anudith said the 200,000 free wifi spots are provided with cooperation of Thailand’s major mobile phone companies.

The ICT is discussing with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to expand the service to 31,334 schools nationwide while full coverage nationwide will need an investment of more than Bt30 billion, he said.

The ICT and Dtac, one of Thailand’s three largest mobile phone companies, on Friday launched a pilot project of Dtac free wifi at Wat Nam Daeng School in outlying Samut Prakarn province where 140 first grade students were given free tablets by the government.

The company will also provide free wifi at 12 state hospitals in the country, starting next year. (MCOT online news)

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-- TNA 2012-12-15

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My warmest welcome & applaud on the government's decision to have free WiFi everywhere! Best thing they did for the public. Now we just have to wait to see if they carry it through....

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My warmest welcome & applaud on the government's decision to have free WiFi everywhere! Best thing they did for the public. Now we just have to wait to see if they carry it through....

Only for people with Thai ID cards. You have to register with your ID card number.

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Seems like a pipe dream when many areas still only have a poor EDGE connection. BTrue cannot even provide an EDGE.

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Only for people with Thai ID cards. You have to register with your ID card number.

Would it be possible to use it if you use a friend's ID card number?

Is there a map (e.g. Google map) of where the hotspots are?

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My warmest welcome & applaud on the government's decision to have free WiFi everywhere! Best thing they did for the public. Now we just have to wait to see if they carry it through....

Only for people with Thai ID cards. You have to register with your ID card number.

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Not true. It works for everyone, also foreigners who must use passport number to log in online. Touristic areas will be likely jammed though.

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I need that hotspot next to my house which is a hotspot already. ha ha

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My warmest welcome & applaud on the government's decision to have free WiFi everywhere! Best thing they did for the public. Now we just have to wait to see if they carry it through....

Only for people with Thai ID cards. You have to register with your ID card number.

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Not true. It works for everyone, also foreigners who must use passport number to log in online. Touristic areas will be likely jammed though.

Really!!! Where does it say that.

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You can register also with passport. The registration gives free access up to 5 h and is valid until the last day of the month. See http://www.ais.co.th/ictfreewifi/.

Yup just done it and is all good.

I have it here in BKK, so long as you have a True account - it has to be the registered account holders ID/Passport - in my case the GF. We get 20hrs per month of access, so long as you have the logon and password details, which you set up when you register. Peachy. smile.png

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Well, I hope this is maintained better that our free WiFi network down here in Singapore. The government provided free WiFi hotspots island-wide a few years back through three ISP companies, two of which are government-linked. Worked well enough for the first year or two, but when a hotspot goes down it just stays that way (esp. the ones run by the 3rd company, which seems to run most of them). They have a help line you can call to register a complaint/problem, but nothing ever gets done ... weeks later, and the hotspot will still be dead. And this is in a much more small, manageable, and high-tech environment than Thailand. So good luck with this...

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Yet another prime example of Vote-Buying" - plain & simple ! ! !

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