STAFF REPORTER

THREE new editions to the free wi-fi network in the municipality of Palma were presented yesterday by the city's Mayor, Aina Calvo.
Cala Major, Cala Estancia and Ciudad Jardin have now been added to an already-existing network of four, promoting Palma City Council's intentions to familiarise the public with latest technologies and to accommodate the needs of the tourist population.

Since the time the first four wi-fi zones were opened up in Palma in April this year, the service has been extended to 24 public libraries in the municipality. One of the free wi-fi areas which is already operating is at the Palma Youth Information Centre which covers the University (Instituts) and surrounding squares in the Avenidas. Up until 2nd August, Palma City Council has registered 27'000 users on its “wi-fi detection” monitor.

To take advantage of any of the existing facilities, internet users should enable their wi-fi connection on their mobile telephone, computer, MP3 player, notebook (or other) and log on to a welcome page in Catalan, Castillian Spanish and English which contains basic information about Palma and the particular wi-fi area being used. The welcome page also provides direct access to Palma City Council's website.

The free wi-fi connections provided by the Council have a time limit of 30 minutes and a broadband maximum of 256kb/s, which means that certain software may be restricted to guarantee the quality and proper use of the service.

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