KMC to set up free Wi-Fi zones

Kathmandu, April 1

Kathmandu Metropolitan City is all set to provide free Wi-Fi service at tourist centres and parks in the city within 60 days.

KMC representatives and officials of Worldlink Communication Pvt Ltd today signed an agreement to provide free internet access to selected public places amidst a programme.

UNESCO World Heritage sites like Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhu and Pashupati area as well as public parks will be made free Wi-Fi zones.

Initially, internet speed of 11 Mbps bandwidth will be provided. Internet will be provided from two to 11 access points in various places according to the number of visitors. It is estimated that 200 to 300 people in each area can enjoy free internet service every day at a time. Visitors in the area can connect to the free internet for 30 minutes a day.

Speaking during the contract signing ceremony, KMC Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya said, “The programme we introduced today is a part of our previously announced agenda to make all of the major cities inside Kathmandu WiFi free zones.”

Director of WCPL Bijay Kumar Jalan said, “We are committed to providing error free services and are ready to provide larger bandwidth if necessary.” The project is supported by WCPL as part of its corporate social responsibility.

The contract was signed by KMC Administrative Officer Dhani Ram Sharma and director of WCPL Bijay Kumar Jalan for five years. Two employees each from KMC and WCPL will be authorised to ensure and maintain the services.