Eighteen months after launching free WiFi service in city parks, subways and public spaces, the City of Buenos Aires will be rolling out the service to all corners of Capital Federal by the end of the year.
The first phase of “BA WiFi” is complete with free service in 15 of BA’s largest parks including Sarmiento, Centenario, Chacabuco and Indoamericano. Phase Two (completed July 12) added 10 more parks and plazas to the network. 19 more free WiFi connections go live in August, 15 in September and 16 in November bringing the total number to 75 throughout Capital Federal.
According to La Nacion, the free Internet connections do not require visitors to enter a password, block access to adult sites and will eventually cover 80 zones in Buenos Aires. The service is already available in all Buenos Aires Subte stations on the A, B, C, D and E lines. The City recently announced an ambitious goal of 300 free WiFi zones by the end of 2013.
Andres Ibarra, the head of the City’s Ministry of Modernization, says each new antenna added to the network creates a 100 square meter (1,076 square feet) WiFi zone. Each new zone can handle up to 30 users surfing simultaneously at 3MB rates. (Full Story in Spanish)
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