Taiwan offers free Wi-Fi to tourists

Taiwan offers free Wi-Fi to tourists

Summary: Free Internet access will be provided at over 4,400 "iTaiwan" hotspots across the island to foreign tourists, who will also be able to go on four other hotspot services under a roaming agreement.

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Foreign tourists in Taiwan can now access free Wi-Fi, with the roll out of 4,400 "iTaiwan" hotspots across the island at major attractions, transportation hubs, and government offices.

An account can be set up at any Taiwan Tourism Bureau service counter or any visitor center throughout the island, according to a press release by its Tourism Board. Only a passport is needed during the sign up.

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Upon registration, access will be possible at any "iTaiwan" hotspot.

It added there are also roaming agreements in place with four local governments to allow iTaiwan account holders to access other hotspots: "TPE-Free" in Taipei City, "New Taipei" in New Taipei, "iTaichung" in Taichung, and "Tainan-WiFi" in Tainan.

The move follows the launch of free public Wi-Fi in the capital Taipei in 2011, noted The Next Web.

Elsewhere, there have also been similar moves to boost Wi-Fi services for tourists. Brazilian city of Sao Paulo is holding a tender to invest in a free Wi-Fi project ahead of its hosting the football World Cup in 2014. Last October, Thailand pumped another US$30 million for its free public Wi-Fi project.

Topics: Wi-Fi, Mobility, Travel Tech

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