Ljubljana's WiFree Sees 66,000 Logins a Month
Ljubljana, 30 July - Available for free for 60 minutes a day within the boundaries of Ljubljana's ring road, the municipal wireless network in Slovenia's capital city registers an average 66,000 logins a month.
A project of the Ljubljana municipality and the country's biggest telecommunications provider Telekom Slovenije, WiFreeLjubljana has 400 access points across the city.
The first phase of the project was launched in February 2013 with 80 access points in the city centre. By the end of September 2014 it had spread out to the Ljubljana ring road.
Both partners in the public-private partnership say that no additional access points are planned. The partnership is agreed for ten years until 26 April 2022.
Since all the 400 access points were established, more than 600,000 logins have been registered with an average of 66,000 logins a month currently, a figure that has been gradually increasing.
The average data transfer is roughly 5,000TB a month, according to Telekom Slovenije, which is happy with the users' response.
To access WiFree the user needs to enter the number of his or her mobile phone on the network's website. They will get a password sent by a text message that will allow them free access for an hour a day.
Access beyond 60 minutes a day is payable. Data transfer speed per person is limited to 512 kbit/s for free access and 50 Mbit/s for payable access.