Malaysian news source The Edge Daily is reporting that the state government of Penang has waived the requirement for building and planning approvals for the installation of Wi-Fi equipment. The move comes as the region presses ahead with an initiative to make it a Wi-Fi state within a two-year period. As a result of the regulation change operators will now only need to pay a one-time planning fee of MYR500 (USD142.75) for each site and if no objections are raised within two weeks installation can proceed.
Chief Minister of the state of Penang, Lim Guan Eng, also revealed that within two weeks customers would be able to test both WiMAX and Wi-Fi services at various pilot sites across the region. As part of a promotional period service the RedTone-Hotgate Consortium will install booths at three pilot sites in Komtar, Queensbay Mall and Bukit Jambul complex offering free Wi-Fi and free phone calls. Meanwhile WiMAX operator Packet One Networks (P1) will also set up booths allowing pre-registered customers and the public to trial its services at five sites covering areas of George Town, Bukit Tengah and Bukit Mertajam.