HK Airport offers free mobile device recharging and mobile broadband service

23 May 2009

Travellers moving through Hongkong International Airport (HKIA) can now recharge their mobile devices while surfing the internet at five “Power Poles” located at the Departure concourse.

Each Power Pole has a 22-inch LCD monitor and computer unit for internet browsing, together with two power sockets and four USB ports, allowing a few people to charge their devices at the same time.

“On average, near three hours dwell time of departing for transit/transfer passengers indicates that the Power Pole facility could make passengers’ waiting time much more productive,” said Christina Cheng, marketing and business development assistant general manager, Airport Authority Hongkong.

The service, jointly offered by JCDecaux Transport and Hongkong mobile network provider CSL, offers download speeds of up to 21Mbps via CSL’s 1010 Next G mobile broadband network.

Similar services are also offered at Singapore Changi Airport, albeit not all at a single station like at HKIA.

Passengers have several options to enjoy free internet at Changi Airport. Round-the-clock free internet corners are scattered across Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and at every departure gate, while an iConnect internet centre at T2 provides online access. Other methods include dial-up internet, Ethernet LAN, free Wireless@SG services and infrared internet data access, all of which are available 24/7.

In addition, Changi Airport also has 19 free gadget charger kiosks in all four departure terminals.

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Joshua Tan

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