Phuket to gain 1,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots to cover beaches

The Phuket Smart City policy will see 1,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots available across Phuket, with every major tourist beach covered under a THB240 million project that is expected to start rolling out by the end of next month.

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Patong already has 120 free hotspots up and running, and another 29 are in operation in Phuket Town and Saphan Hin, Chaiyut Rodjanapittayakul, Manager of the CAT Telecom Phuket office, said.

Those 149 hotspots, which provide 100/25Mbps connection speeds, are already active.

In Patong, free hotspots are operating along Beach Road, Bangla Road, Rath-U-Thit 200 Pee Road, Patong Police Station and Patong Hospital.

“On Beach Road, free Wi-Fi extends all the way to Kalim Junction,” Chaiyut said.

“We also aim to have more free hotspots along Thalang Road in Phuket Old Town in time for Chinese New Year on January 28,” he added.

CAT has already secured the THB 240 million budget to roll out the rest of the 1,000 hotspots, Chaiyut noted.

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