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)