Surprising places with Wi-Fi
The availability of free Wi-Fi is no longer restricted to cafes, bars, restaurants, airports, shopping malls, pubs or hotels. As the world goes hi-tech, you will be able to find free internet at places where you least expect it. Here are some unusual places across the globe where you will find free Wi-Fi.
Mount Everest Peak
The world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, became Internet friendly in 2010 when Ncell, a Nepalese telecom company, provided it with 3G data connection. Climbers can now find Wi-Fi hotspots all along the trek, to a height of 17,000 feet – the last point where you can take that envious selfie and update your social media status.
The moon may not offer you breathable air but it does promise you a Wi-Fi hotspot! The feat was made possible by the researchers from MIT (Lincoln Laboratory) and NASA. Four separate telescopes were put in used to send signals to a satellite that revolves around the moon. This satellite had a receiver mounted on it. The scientists used a laser transmitter to beam data in the form of pulses of IR light through the four telescopes. The laser transmitter then transmits the IR rays to the telescope mounted on the satellite, which then collects and aims the beam into an optical fiber. These pulses are first converted into electrical pulses using a photodetector and then into data. This Wi-Fi hotspot makes it possible to transmit data between Earth and the moon at a rate of 19.44 mbps and to download it at a rate of 622 mbps.
The International Space Station (ISS)
If you are one of the lucky ones with a ticket to travel to the International Space Station, you don’t have to return back to Earth to share your experience with your friends. Yes, you guessed it right – the artificial satellite, ISS also has a Wi-Fi hotspot. The free internet works through the Ku-band, a satellite communications system that delivers output of around 10 mbps down and 3 mbps up from the space station.
The North Pole
Digital technology has made its presence felt in the remotest areas of the globe and the North Pole is no exception. One of the coldest places in the world, the North Pole too found Internet connectivity in 2005, when two Moscow-based Intel employees set up a Wi-Fi hotspot here, making it the first wireless connection in the Arctic region. They set up a wireless LAN connection with Intel Centrino mobile tech on four laptops and an 802.11b/g access point at the main camp site. The network connects to the internet via an Iridium satellite phone.
Mount Girnar, the tallest mountain in the Indian state of Gujrat is home to 30 temples and is a famous pilgrimage site. Pilgrim’s progress to the 1100-metre tall mountain was made Wi-Fi enabled making it easier for 25 lakh tourists to remain connected with their families, friends during the trek to the seven peaks of the mountain.
Remote Villages of UP (India)
The strong winds of the digital revolution that are sweeping through India, transformed the lives of 2000 villagers in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India, for whom, till then, the nearest telephone was 6 kms away. The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, as part of its Digital Gangetic Plain Project, ensured WiFi connectivity to 10 villages located near the Lucknow-Kanpur highway, making the area a lone island of connectivity in a sea of rural roads, rice fields and thatched roofs.
Strange as it sounds but Oak Grove cemetery in Paducah, Kentucky has a free Wi-Fi hotspot. The area was made Wi-Fi-enabled to allow visitors to conduct genealogy research and know more about the people who were buried there. On a similar note, free Wi-Fi connectivity is also provided in San José Cemetery in Granada, Spain.
The iconic Mount Fuji Mountain in Japan was made Internet-friendly with the launch of eight Wi-Fi spots all along the climb route including one on the summit. Officials say that the move was in response to the requests from American and European tourists who wanted to share their experiences with family and friends while on the move. Besides, the authorities also wanted to attract more visitors to the mountain.
Donkeys, Kfar Kedem, Israel
You read it right — Wi-Fi hotspots on donkeys! The innovative move was made a few years back in the historical amusement park in Israel. The park attempts to create life from the first and second centuries AD. The donkeys carry a small bag containing a router around their necks. The tourists can document their experience and share it on the social media.
Val d’Isere, France
If you are looking for the best selfies on a holiday, Val d’Isere, in France is a great place to head to. The place now offers a Wi-Fi gondola and so now you can take photos of the stunning views from your ski lift and post them straight to your Facebook.
National Parks, Canada
Canada has introduced several Wi-Fi spots in its national parks. Given the stunning beauty of these parks, the authorities are making them more Internet-friendly to attract more visitors and allow them to instantly share their experiences. While there, you will also be able to connect to GPS to get the most value from your visit.
Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, USA
Last but not least Waikiki Beach, Hawaii USA – using Altai SuperWifi products! For most people, a beach break is a way to get away from it all. However, if you can’t resist a peek into your social media or emails over the piña colada then Waikiki beach is for you. Along the sun and sand, you also have with Wi-Fi hotspots for company.