Hong Kong Finance Committee approves Wi-Fi project

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The Finance Committee of the Legislative Council has approved a funding of $217.6 million for providing Wi-Fi facilities at Government premises for free use by the citizens of Hong Kong.

The programme will bring benefits to the citizens, the commercial sector, and the ICT industry of Hong Kong. Commercial service providers are providing Wi-Fi services at commercial premises like cafes, restaurants, and shopping malls. Under the programme, the Government will progressively provide Wi-Fi facilities at about 350 government premises for free use by the public in the coming two years. These premises include libraries, public enquiry service centres, community halls/centres, parks and Government buildings. The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer ( OGCIO ) will centrally oversee, co-ordinate and manage the programme. The Government will adopt an outsourcing approach on the installation of Wi-Fi facilities, provision of Wi-Fi services as well as their on-going operations. The Government will also require service providers to provide various security measures so as to ensure that user data will not be stolen by others. These measures will include encryption, intrusion prevention and detection systems and filtering software.

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