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




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