The Making of a Sustainable Wireless City? Mapping Public Wi-Fi Access in Shanghai
AbstractIn the context of the global information economy, ready access to the Internet is critical to a city’s competitiveness, which has prompted a number of cities to launch plans to establish wireless networks. Most literature on the development of wireless cities focuses on cities in Western countries, and few have discussed how Chinese cities have adopted wireless technologies in their urban infrastructure development efforts. This paper examines recent development and spatial distribution of public Wi-Fi access in Shanghai, a leading business hub in China. We mapped Wi-Fi hotspots through the government sponsored “i-Shanghai” project and China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC). We find that while telecommunication providers have been proactively deploying WLAN (wireless local area network，a proxy of public Wi-Fi or wireless access) hotspots in Shanghai, neither government sponsored WLAN hotspots nor facilities established by CMCC could cover the old traditional neighborhoods in the central city and sub-districts in remote rural areas. We also address the development of a more sustainable wireless city in Shanghai with a particular focus on digital divide and social equity issues. View Full-Text
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Share & Cite This Article
Wang, M.; Liao, F.H.; Lin, J.; Huang, L.; Gu, C.; Wei, Y.D. The Making of a Sustainable Wireless City? Mapping Public Wi-Fi Access in Shanghai. Sustainability 2016, 8, 111.
Wang M, Liao FH, Lin J, Huang L, Gu C, Wei YD. The Making of a Sustainable Wireless City? Mapping Public Wi-Fi Access in Shanghai. Sustainability. 2016; 8(2):111.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wang, Mingfeng; Liao, Felix H.; Lin, Juan; Huang, Li; Gu, Chengcheng; Wei, Yehua D. 2016. "The Making of a Sustainable Wireless City? Mapping Public Wi-Fi Access in Shanghai." Sustainability 8, no. 2: 111.
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.