Egyptian scientist initiates trial project for public Wi-Fi in Tunisia

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A trial project that would establish a public Wi-Fi network in Tunisia is being led by Egyptian scientist Hatim Zaghloul, chairperson of Hikmah Capital Corp and CEO of Iplmedia.

The Wi-Fi network will depend on high-technology routers that connect to one another with wireless internet in a way that does not influence the service’s quality in the event of a malfunction in one of the service-providing routers.

This will allow for coverage of a larger area at a lower cost.

Zaghloul said the agreement with the Tunisian Ministry of Communications stipulates that the project will be initially implemented on an area of 2 sqkm. The project will then be publicised all over Tunisia with the contribution of the government-owned company Tunisie Telecom.

According to Zaghloul, the project will begin its first implementation phase in early May.

Wi-Lan, a company established by Zaghloul several years ago, will produce the routers that will be used for the Wi-Fi project in Tunisia.  IPledia owns the exclusive proxy of these devices.

A single router covers an area of 2 sqkm, where the range of its coverage is connected to the coverage range of the nearest router, which also covers about 2 sqkm. A single router costs between $1,200 and $1,400.