Wataniya introduces instant Wi-Fi access capability

From any of the Wataniya hotspots in Kuwait, customers can send an SMS with ‘1’ to the number 1505, to get one hour of internet access, worth KD1 (US$3.42).

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By  Tawanda Chihota Published  April 12, 2006

Kuwait mobile operator Wataniya Telecom and Smart Link Telecom, a local wireless provider, have together launched a nationwide Wi-Fi service that will give Wataniya’s customers access to broadband internet from a number of key locations around the country. Various shopping malls, hotels, cafes and restaurants are equipped with the W-Net wireless internet service, which allows customers to be instantly connected simply by sending an SMS. Wherever customers see W-Net logo in hotspots, they are able to access the internet wirelessly. "One of our main objectives for this year is to create a comprehensive portfolio of services that ensure faster broadband internet access to our customers, as the demand for ‘anywhere connectivity’ is growing significantly,” says Harri Koponen, GM & CEO, Wataniya Telecom. From any of the Wataniya hotspots in Kuwait, customers can send an SMS with ‘1’ to the number 1505, to get one hour of internet access, worth KD1 (US$3.42). Customers will then receive their login name and password, which they can use to access the wireless internet available from the location they are situated. The payment for the access will be processed through their mobile phone.

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