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#1 adikgede

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 16:56

WiFi/Broadband Connectivity

The following is a collection of information about wireless and broadband connectivity in Thailand and other countries in South East Asia.  The information is compiled from a number of sources, listed below, and is by no means authoratative, comprehensive or up to date.   The emphasis is on connectivity for a traveler who needs to access the internet from their own computer.  With that in mind any reference to ISPs and internet cafes is incidental.  In six months to a year this document will probably be superseded by a list of hotels that offer broadband access in rooms, as WiFi hotspots should be as ubiquitous in cafes and airports as internet cafes are today. Note that WiFi in hotels usually means in a public area not in rooms.  Although many places that have broadband access can provide you with an ethernet cable thats not always the case. Sometimes they will rent you a cable for a fee that far exceeds the value of the cable, bring your own.


Thailand

Airport:

Bangkok:

There is a wireless network at the airport. coverage is pretty good I saw about about 50 antenna on the network I was on. However at this time (30.05.03) the service is not operational (You can get an IP but you cannot go anywhere) Prepaid vouchers will be available from stores in the airportnet that display the WLanNet logo.

Hotels with ethernet access:

Amari Atrium Bangkok
300 baht midday to midday.
Tel: 02-718-2000 ext. 3101.

Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
494 Rajdamiri Rd

Hilton International Bangkok
2 Wireless Rd

Novotel Bangkok Siam Square
Siam Square Soi 6

Oakwood City Residence Bangkok
291 Soi Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Soi 24 New Sathorn Road

Search broadband+hotel+thailand@google

Hotels with wireless access:
Bangkok:


Arnoma Hotel
Location: Business class floors, conference rooms, lobby, resaurants, and poolside.
Provider: Milcom Systems and Far East Internet.
Tel: 02-255-3410

Amari Atrium
Meeting areas, and poolside.
Tel: 02-718-2000 ext. 3101.

Le Royal Meridien Hotel
Lobby, Pick-Me-Up Cafe, Business Centre, function rooms, the Royal Club, and Tower Lounge.
Provider: Loxinfo.
Charge: Web Kit 450 baht/ 5 hours.
Tel: 02-656-0444

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel
Lobby and library.
Provider: Asia Infonet.
Charge: 400 baht/ hour, 1,000 baht/ day.
Tel: 02-653-0333.

Conrad Hotel
Lobby
Provider : Maginet.
Charge: Free of charge for guests.
Tel: 02-690-9999.

Gaysorn Plaza
1st floor and underground.
Provider: CS Loxinfo (iPSTAR satellite broadband).
Charge: 180 baht/ hour, 350 baht/ 2 hours.
Contact CS Loxinfo Khun Pratabjai Tel: 02-263-8222.

Other:

Starbucks Coffee, Central Ladprao
Provider: CS Loxinfo.
Charge: 180 baht/ hour, 350 baht/ 2 hours.

Central Dept Store (in front of Starbucks) in Bang na , Rama II , Rama III and Pinklao.

MacDonald's Ploenchit , other MacDonalds in Bangkok coming soon.

Chiang Mai:

Central Dept Store (in front of Starbucks).

Hua Hin:

Springfield Country Club
Lobby

SpringField Resort
Lobby

Dusit Polo Resort
Lobby

Samui:

There are two public free hotspots in Samui, the largest one (using several repeaters linked) is around the IT Complex itc.samui.org.

Another one at Chaweng beach near to the beachcam samuicam.com: this one is currently not free.

All spots are operated by sawadee.com (whose parent company operated the ISP Ji-Net node in Samui, called SamuiNet).

After the soft-opening of the IT Complex in April (which hosts the fibre-backbones), most pupular tourist spots/beach will become ``tourist-hotspots'').


Indonesia

Airport:

Not yet operational
Provider: Telkomsel

Hotels with ethernet access:

Search broadband+hotel+indonesia@google

Hotels with WiFi access:

Hotel Intercontinental MidPlaza (requires biznet account)
Jakarta

Others:

McDonalds (free during trial period)
Sarinah Thamrin
Jakarta

Coffee Club (free during trial period)
Plaza Senayan
Jakarta

Proposed:

According to Bisnis Indonesia the following locations are being developed by the wireless division of the national telco, Telkomsel:
Soekarno Hatta Intl. Airport (CGK)
Telkom Building
Telkomsel Building
Grand Melia Hotel
Plasa Senayan
Stock Exchange (BEJ)
Taman Anggrek Mall
BNI Building  


ISPs:

www.biz.net.id

Malaysia

Airport:


MAS Golden Lounge (International)
Plaza Premium Lounge

Hotels with ethernet access:

Concorde Sha Alam

The Legend Hotel ,KL
Tel: (603) 4042 9888

The Park Plaza KL

Prince Hotel
Jl John Conlay, KL

Search broadband+hotel+malaysia@google

Hotels with WiFi access:

Concorde Hotel KL
Location: Restaurant
Provider: Maxis Utopia

Hotel Equatorial KL

Others:

Refer to the ISPs below many franchise coffee houses throughout metro KL have either Maxis Utopia, Tmnet Hotspot, or Airzed service.  

ISPs:

isp.tm.net.my/hotspot (has prepaid ~20MYR/mo)

www.airzed.com

www.time.net.my

www.maxis.com.my (has prepaid ~20MYR/wk)

www.zapzone.com.my

Philipinnes

Airport:

Terminal 2
Club Manila

ISPs:

www.airborneaccess.net

www.blink.com.ph

Singapore

Airport:

Fee/Free Wifi Irda and CAT5 ethernet connectivity
See www.ipass.com for specific locations

Hotels with ethernet access

Ethernet access is widely available in Singapore hotels see www.ipass.com and Inter-Touch for specific locations, or search broadband+hotel+singapore@google

Hotels with WiFi access:

Furanama Hotel

Orchard Hotel  

Shangri La Hotel

See www.ipass.com and Inter-Touch for specific locations.

Others:
Burger Kings islandwide
DeliFrance
Starbucks'

see www.wifinder.com and www.ipass.com for other locations

ISPs:
www.starhub.com


Thailand

see above

Vietnam

ISPs:


www.vdcmedia.com


Ref:

Wireless/Broadband providers that offer roaming services:


Cnc Net China

iPass

KT Korea

Maxis Utopia Malaysia

Mobitai Taiwan

Starhub Singapore

Telstra Australia

Hotel Broadband provider:

Inter-Touch

Lists of access points:

www.ipass.com

www.wifinder.com

www.hotspot-locations.com

http://www.nopayweb.com/isp/asia.shtml

http://openemail.hyp...eless_ISPs.html

Articles:

http://www.smarttrav...m/biztravel.htm

http://slashdot.org/...7.shtml?tid=193

http://www.unstrung....0020&print=true

BKK Post 25.06.03

BKK Post 25.06.03

BKK Post 14.05.03

http://www.jasakom.c...News.asp?ID=390

Misc.:

wifi.meetings.com

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Posted 24 June 2003 - 06:22

Bangkok Post IT NEWS - Wednesday 14 May 2003
Your guide to the hottest Net spots in town


BANGKOK

Arnoma Hotel

Broadband wireless; Wi-Fi cards provided and CD-ROM with software for guests.

WiFi area: Anywhere on Business Class floors, conference rooms, lobby, restaurants and poolside.

Access provider: Milcom Systems and Far East Internet.

Tel: 02-255-3410

Amari Atrium

Wireless in all meeting areas of the hotel or even at poolside, broadband in the rooms for 300 baht midday to midday.

Information: Sales and marketing department at 02-718-2000 ext. 3101.

Le Royal Meridien Hotel

Wi-Fi area: lobby, Pick-Me-Up Cafe, Business Centre, function rooms, the Royal Club, and Tower Lounge.

Access point equipment: Cisco Systems and NetONE Network Solution.

ISP: Loxinfo.

Charge: Web Kit 450 baht/ 5 hours.

Tel. 02-656-0444

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel

Wi-Fi area: lobby and library.

Access point equipment: Cisco Systems.

ISP: Asia Infonet.

Charge: 400 baht/ hour, 1,000 baht/ day.

Tel. 02-653-0333.

Conrad Hotel

Wi-Fi area: lobby.

ISP: Maginet.

Charge: Free of charge for guests.

Tel. 02-690-9999.

Gaysorn Plaza

Wi-Fi area: 1st floor and underground.

Access point equipment: Cisco Systems.

ISP: CS Loxinfo (iPSTAR satellite broadband).

Charge: 180 baht/ hour, 350 baht/ 2 hours.

Contact CS Loxinfo Khun Pratabjai Tel. 02-263-8222.

Starbucks Coffee, Central Ladprao

Access point equipment: Cisco Systems.

ISP: CS Loxinfo.

Charge: 180 baht/ hour, 350 baht/ 2 hours.

Also: Central Dept Store (in front of Starbucks) in Bang na , Rama II , Rama III and Pinklao.

MacDonald's Ploenchit , other MacDonalds in Bangkok coming soon.

CHIANG MAI

Central Dept Store (in front of Starbucks).

HUA HIN

Springfield Country Club _ Hua Hin: Lobby

SpringField Resort _ Hua Hin: Lobby

Dusit Polo _ Hua Hin Resort: Lobby

SAMUI

There are two public free hotspots in Samui, the largest one (using several repeaters linked) is around the IT Complex (itc.samui.org).

Another one at Chaweng beach near to the beachcam (samuicam.com): this one is currently not free.

All spots are operated by sawadee.com (whose parent company operated the ISP Ji-Net node in Samui, called SamuiNet).

After the soft-opening of the IT Complex in April (which hosts the fibre-backbones), most pupular tourist spots/beach will become ``tourist-hotspots'').



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Posted 25 June 2003 - 04:00

Bangkok Post IT NEWS - Wednesday 25 June 2003
TA unveils `hotspot' plans


TelecomAsia plans to set up 100 public broadband Internet kiosks as well as up to 100 Internet wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) hotspots this year.

TA director and general manager Noppadol Dej-udom noted that the broadband Internet kiosks will be dubbed ``TA Stations'' and the first four units will be set up in the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre.

The kiosks will complement TA's first public wireless Internet service in the convention centre, which it announced last week.

Mr Noppadol said each TA Station would be coin-operated and would also be installed at fastfood chain stores soon.



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Posted 25 June 2003 - 06:44

Stone Soup - great information - where did you get it!

Your the man - have you ever thought of getting into the Wi Fi business, what would you recommend?

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Posted 25 June 2003 - 10:41

Adik.... about Indonesia

Please which floor is 'Coffee Club' in Plaza Senayan.... never noticed, is it quite new  :dunno: ?

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#6 StoneSoup

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Posted 25 June 2003 - 16:58

Duh .... I forget......   So, tell all - where did YOU get it?  

Hey, maybe Adikegede (or whatever) belongs inside SGT - he seems to have some useful knowledge.

Where's Mao Mark when you need him most?

So, what did you think of "Man in the Arena"?

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Posted 26 June 2003 - 07:53

Prosal,

Coffee club is on the ground flour at the back on the SOGO side.  Just look for HSBC and Citibank.

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Posted 03 July 2003 - 01:22

A related post for CDMA service:

Wireless Broadband in Thailand via Hutch
  

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Posted 05 July 2003 - 02:47

Not actually in SEA but note worthy.
Says IHT:

Roger Collis: 'You've got mail,' at your fingertips

 
Roger Collis/IHT IHT
Friday, July 4, 2003


[snip]

United Airlines claims that it will be the first carrier to offer two-way e-mail aboard all its domestic flights. Passengers will soon be able to plug their laptops into jacks on handsets, which will enable them to send and receive e-mails.

United has tested the service since December on several Boeing 767 aircraft on routes in the United States, charging $5.99 per flight for instant messaging, one-way text messaging and news, weather and other information. The cost for two-way e-mail (including attachments) will be $15.98 a flight.

Lufthansa has announced that it will make broadband Internet access available starting in 2004 on its fleet of about 80 long-haul Boeing 747-400s and Airbus A-330 and A-340 aircraft. The service will be run in conjunction with Connexion by Boeing, allowing passengers to access the Internet and e-mail and connect to corporate networks, on their own computers, either wirelessly or via Ethernet connections built into the sea[t].

Connexion by Boeing has also finished a trial with British Airways, while Japan Airlines and SAS have announced that they will install the service on their long-range fleets. Charges are still being worked out, but according to data from an earlier trial this year, passengers are willing to pay up to $35 for the service on flights of eight hours.

Sean Griffiths, a spokesman for Connexion, says, "We discovered that the value of the service depends very much on the length of the flight." Lufthansa may allow its Miles and More members to pay for the service with miles.

Readers may contact Roger Collis by fax at (44-20) 7987-3451 or by e-mail at rcollis@iht.com. Please include city and country. International Herald Tribune


  

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Posted 08 July 2003 - 14:48

Addendum:

The WiFi hotspot for Coffee Club in Jakarta requires that you have an account with CBN Net to use the service.  However there is for the moment no additional charge
CBN WiFi annoucement