Free WiFi Launched in Ljubljana

Society,  04 Feb 2013  / By STA, T. M.

Ljubljana launched the first phase of its municipal wireless network, allowing 1-hour free internet access per day in the city centre. In the next stages, the coverage of the WiFreeLjubljana network is to be extended to the entire urban area within the Ljubljana ring by autumn

The project of the City of Ljubljana, telco Telekom Slovenije and data communication company NIL will allow unlimited free access to the sites of project partners and one-hour access to all other sites.

Alternatively, users can buy 1-, 7- or 30-day access, and tourists can use the access points by acquiring the Ljubljana tourist card.

"When the weather permits the continuation of works, the network will expand every day towards the ringroad," the city's project leader Vasja Butina said.

In 2014, the network is to grow beyond the ring, mostly to more densely populated areas, and the number of access points is to increase from the current 80 to a total of 1,430, explained Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Janković.

The value of the project is estimated at over EUR 10m and Telekom Slovenije chairman Rudolf Skobe explained that the 10-year public-private partnership is expected to bring the telco EUR 30m-50m in revenues.

Tags: Ljubljana, Slovenia, economy, Business, free wi-fi, Telekom Slovenije, wireless network, tourism




Julian, 07.02.2013 ob 06:05

"Goddamn Commies!" In this way all opposition to municipal wifi in the US is easily summarised. Might as well join the NRA...

Darjan, 06.02.2013 ob 16:09

Wealth redistrubution..and you dont matter so shut up and pay your taxes slave!

StickyWarlord, 06.02.2013 ob 15:48

'Not In The Public Interest – The Myth of Municipal Wi-Fi Networks' Hold all parties involved acountable on this one! I know this scam all to well!

Julian, 06.02.2013 ob 13:19

Well steady on, guys. I had plans for this in Ptuj seven years ago and it wasn't so expensive even then, the problems there were scattering because of massive ancient construction, and non-conservation-friendly techno-ugliness. Soon after, the main companies in the game folded, and muni-wifi went into hibernation, although with progress on mesh and UMTS success has been evident in cities such as San Francisco, while improvements in solar generation make remote locations more feasible. EU radiation regs at 100mw/m2 are still a limiting factor, though - in America they don't mind being able to fry eggs on their windowsills. I doubt if the nodes, bought in bulk, would be more than 100 euros apiece these days, not the 6993 euros per node this works out at. OK there has to be backhaul, but even so.

Knowing Slovenia, they will be passing on to you the savings made on public safety communications, savings on security and surveillance, savings on parking and traffic control, savings on bus and train monitoring and information, savings on data from field inspections, savings on hole-digging for wired internet and landline maintenance, savings on remote electricity and gas meter reading, the list goes on...but no, they want to save on all this and charge you as well.

So never mind the ten million, consider the stingy (and anti-competitive...uh-oh) restricted partner offering. One free hour a day being pestered by popups from the uncles? Pish!

Yeah Right, 06.02.2013 ob 11:24

10 million euros? You could provide coverage for most of the country for 1 million.

The management once network is installed is very little

Obviously a few directors at Telekom want to retire on this deal alone

CEE Observer, 04.02.2013 ob 15:29

My thoughts also..... ALTHOUGH, if this is managed by TelekomSlo, it might cost this much, given the other high-flying projects in which this company has invested, in the recent past. Think Macedonia, think Kosovo, etc., etc. I am sure this is all money which has been very well spent

Sticky Warlord, 04.02.2013 ob 15:04

10 Million euros???? Sounds like a wonderful scam on the Citizens of Slovenia. You got to be joking me! This needs to be investigated and all youy have to do top start is just look at the cost of the same programs in other cities in other parts of the World and how little the same system and setup cost them. Who owns these companies and who is getting the monetary windfall kick backs?

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