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Intel Kicks Off Asia’s Top 10 Wireless Hotspots Poll

  • 04 October, 2005 11:41

<p>SYDNEY, Australia, Oct. 4, 2005 – Sipping on a cappuccino while surfing the Internet is just one way to make use of a wireless hotspot. With the proliferation of the Intel® Centrino® mobile technology, Wi-Fi hotspots have evolved from points of convenience to places of experience. Recognising this, Intel invites notebook PC users to nominate their favourite places to experience wireless connectivity. Savvy notebook PC users are invited to select the 10 wireless hotspots out of 36 nominations from 10 regions on www.top10hotspotsinasia.com. The five participants[i] whose top hotspot selections are closest to matching the region’s top ranking places will win a travel voucher worth US$1,000 to go out and experience more with wireless connectivity.</p>
<p>The site will be open from Oct. 3 until Oct. 24, 2005. The winners of the competition and the survey results will be announced on Nov. 8, 2005.</p>
<p>“This is a fun way to show people how mobility is becoming ubiquitous in Asia. In the past, when people thought of mobility, they thought about it from a work perspective. But now they realise there’s so much more that they can experience with wireless connectivity beyond just work,” said Stephanie Hallford, director of Mobility and Digital Health Brand Management, Intel Asia Pacific.</p>
<p>“Across the region wireless broadband services are taking personal computing to the next level, offering entertainment and great gains in productivity, performance and convenience.”</p>
<p>Intel is calling all people living the mobile lifestyle to take part in this fun online poll and express their view. Through this survey, Intel aims to inform leisure and business travellers alike to quickly and easily find the best places to get online and experience the fun and convenience of mobility. In addition, the survey will share insights about how notebook users are using notebooks and what is important to them.</p>
<p>Getting online has never been easier before. Analyst firm IDC estimates that by the end of 2005 there will be more than 130,000 wireless hotspots worldwide[ii], some of them in the most unexpected places. Wireless hotspots are popping up in places sometimes even without you knowing. There are already 11 commercial airlines that offer or plan to offer Connexion by Boeing* in-flight wireless Internet access service, which is currently available on more than 100 routes daily to and from the U.S. and international destinations. There are also more than 6,000 McDonald’s restaurants around the world offering wireless internet connection.</p>
<p>About Intel</p>
<p>Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.</p>
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<p>Intel and Centrino are the trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.</p>
<p>*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.</p>
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<p>[i] Should there be more than five participants whose choice is closest to the region’s top scoring places, a lucky draw for these participants will be put forward to determine the five winners of the grand prize.</p>
<p>[ii] Source: IDC Worldwide Hotspot 2004-2008 Forecast and Analysis, Dec. 2004.</p>
<p>For further information please contact:</p>
<p>Daniel Anderson</p>
<p>Intel Australia Pty Ltd</p>
<p>Tel: +61 2 9937 5886</p>
<p>Mob: +61 0418 686 775</p>
<p>Email: daniel.anderson@intel.com</p>
<p>Marty Filipowski</p>
<p>Spectrum Communications</p>
<p>Tel: +61 2 9954 3299</p>
<p>Email: martyf@spectrumcomms.com.au</p>

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