Malaga gets connected as Wifi capital of world

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21 March 2007, MALAGA – Malaga is to become the Wifi capital of the world, in an ambitious plan.

21 March 2007

MALAGA – Malaga is to become the Wifi capital of the world, in an ambitious plan.

Tourists and residents of the Andalucían city will be able to hook up to the Internet almost all over Malaga. 

The initiative is the work of the local authorities and Fon Espana, a Spanish company which has campaigned for free access to the Web.

Francisco de la Torre, mayor of Malaga, and the president of Fon España, Martín Varsavsky, announced there will be 80 percent access to the Internet within six months.

They are going to place 2,000 Internet routers in public places to allow access to Wifi – or wireless computers.

The plan has received EUR 200,000 in public funding and has been backed by the Spanish telecoms watchdog, the Telecommunication Market Commission.  

Varsavsky claimed Malaga will be ahead of London and Paris.

Only one French village, Blanquefort, with 15,000 people, has developed a similar idea.

Varsavsky said: “This is distinct. Malaga is a city of 1.5m people which will be converted in a Wifi model for the world.”

The Argentinean entrepreneur said it will make Malaga attractive for multinationals like Google and Skype.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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