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project was funded by the Special Secretariat for Digital Design,
through the Operational Program for Information Society, and it was
implemented by the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems
(ICCS) at the National Technical University of Athens (Computing Systems Laboratory-CSLAB).
existence of wireless hotspots or as in this case, wireless public
areas with Internet connectivity, which started in 2006, is an
important priority for the Special Secretariat for Digital Design (Information Society),
which in this context has already organized a series of demonstration
projects to promote wireless broadband throughout Greece.
Athenswifi, the Public Wireless Internet Access in Athens network, operates in the center of Athens, specifically in the areas of Syntagma Square, Thission and Kotzia Square.
Athenswifi offers free wireless broadband access for all,
helping people to familiarize with wireless technologies and the
Internet. It officially began operation in June 2006 covering the
widest range of Syntagma Square By early September 2007 it covered most
of the region of Thissio (Saint Paul pathway, Assomaton, Thissio Metro
station) and Kotzia square.
can connect to the Internet free of charge at any time of day and get
familiar with wireless broadband access via laptop, while sitting on a
bench or on the terrace of a coffee shop in the area. Access is very
simple, as you only have to connect to the wireless network (SSID) athenswifi
and type the number that appears on the browser in your first attempt
to access a Web page. The speed is very fast, as each region is
connected to the Internet through a 4Mbps line (OTEnet). The network
will remain operational at least until the end of 2009 as a part of
people familiarization with wireless broadband.