Thou shall find wifi

Not so long ago, citizens of our heavenly blessed Pakistan did not consider wireless internet as an option. But now, people can be found checking emails on their laptop or PDAs in the local coffee shops, malls and hotels. For people who don’t know about this, ‘Wi-Fi’ is …

wikipedia : a term used to describe the underlying technology of wireless local area networks (WLAN).

Karachi is leading ahead with most number of wifi spots in the country. As many universities are taking notice of this technology and are placing Wi-Fi access points inside the campuses, students can log on to the Local Area Network while sitting in the parking area. Some universities utilizing this facility are SZABIST, IBA, CBM, Bahria University and FAST-NU. Apart from universities Pearl Continental Hotel, Marriott Hotel, Avari Towers, Sheraton, Hotel and Towers, Hotel Mehran, Regent Plaza, Beach Luxury Hotel, Costa Coffee, Evolution Restaurant, Espresso and others too, are using it.

It’s strange that Islamabad, being the capital has a lesser number of Wi-Fi spots than Karachi. The prominent ones are Serena Hotel, Marriott Hotel, SZABIST, KFC and airport. But its okay as it’s a new technology and some ISPs are promising to provide wifi and Wi-Max (elder brother of wifi).
Redline Communications, a leading provider of standards-based wireless broadband equipment, announced on June 19, 2006 that Dancom has chosen Redline’s RedMAX products for its nationwide network in Pakistan. Dancom’s WiMAX network is the first commercial WiMAX deployment in Pakistan and is set for launch in September 2006

“Taking interest in all the WiMAX hype, China’s ZTE Corporation has announced a trial of its Pre-WiMAX kit in Islamabad through telecommunication operator, Telecard. Under the contract, ZTE will build a Pre-WiMAX trial network comprising one six-sector Base Transceiver Station (BTS) and 17 Customer Premises Equipment (CPEs) for Telecard. The trial, which begins in mid-October, will offer telephone services to private residents, dedicated online services for enterprises, broadband services for hotels and wireless backhaul for Wi-Fi services for Islamabad airport”

I wonder if someone is getting a Wi-Fi access point near my house, so the signals get to my place :D and I can surf the internet all day long without using my dad’s phone line or having to pay a lot for Broadband. I wonder when that will happen :(

(Some text from Spider Magazine)

6 Comments so far

  1. 1967 (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 7:53 pm

    Wi-Fi definetly has its advantages, but it’s quite nascent technology if you consider it in Pakistan. Although you have the advantage of mobility but signal strength can be a problem. Especially for WAN, the performance is not comparable to traditional setup. For transfer over network, I found out that WAN actually might be three times slower on a 100 Mbps link. VNC performance is also quite unsatisfactory. However, I do have the advantage of internet browsing, especially when I need mobility with my notebook.

  2. Sa'ad (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 2:04 am

    I would rather have a fixed line DSL coming into my house and broadcast it via WIFI to build my LAN. Hazrat 1967 is right, its just not fast enough to have it on a WAN. At least not for the stuff i do. (counter strike, windows updates, music exchange over MSN, bittorent ;)

    WiMAX hype is just that, a hype. For a country thats bloating about its IT infrastructure and this and that cannot even provide decent Internet speeds for its citizens. I doubt they are capable of bringing such new technologies to the masses fast enough before it becomes obsolete. There are already solutions available for distributing data over power lines (i.e. now you can really hook up your microwave to the Internet and cook your food over the net).

  3. 1967 (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 9:31 am

    Internet over power is just is not anywhere yet. The biggest issue with it is disturbance and noise at the step down transformers, where a great deal of signal is lost.

  4. Phil (unregistered) on October 20th, 2006 @ 8:31 am

    Wifi is an interesting approach to local networking. Perhaps its too early to let such an expensive technology take over Pakistan, and the prices of all the wrong things sky rocketing. With always on broad-band almost here, we can expect people to wifi enable their homes and offices soon for all its usability.

  5. Kabir (unregistered) on October 28th, 2006 @ 12:12 am

    Isloo is the first City in the region (Including China/India) to get Fiber Opticss network.

  6. Backlawa (unregistered) on October 28th, 2006 @ 12:41 am

    Philadelphia is planning to become the first city to go Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi signal all over the city). I think Isloo should do it before Philly, I think Isloo can do it looking at city logistics.

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