Taipei City Government announced the Taipei Wireless Network Alliance, a partnership with 11 businesses, on March 20. The alliance’s goal is to create a single portal and platform for integrating wireless internet resources spanning MRT, buses, convenience store chains, and other businesses. The city hopes to create an internet environment that requires lower-than-average fees and provides better connection quality.
Mayor Ko Wen-je pointed out that building the Taipei-Free network on its own is extremely costly for the city government. Not only will the initiative help the government reduce its fiscal burden, it will also improve the wireless connection quality.
Department of Information Technology Commissioner Lee Wei-bin pointed out that currently the members of the Taipei Wireless Network Alliance aim to provide free services with either a minimal data transmission rate of 2Mbps or 30 minutes of internet connection, which he believes is adequate.
The city will seek to integrate its wireless broadband service with the central government’s iTaiwan, using iTaiwan as the portal website.
Source: Department of Information Technology, Taipei City Government