Having access to the Internet is critical throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO) period and Simplify, a Malaysian tech startup that advocates Internet sharing, is already giving away FREE Wi-Fi routers preloaded with 20GB all-day data.
Simplify started this initiative to help powering online delivery service for kopitiams, providing Internet access for university students to do E-learning and other small essential businesses to move their operations online. Many communities as such were caught off-guard and unprepared upon the partial lockdown announcement.
While Malaysian telcos will be allocating free 1GB mobile data starting 1st April 2020, most subscribers can't wait. People needs all-day Internet access, not just from 8am to 6pm. Internet has not been locked down. Giving free data is a good move but many users are experiencing poor network quality, especially in sub-urban areas.
Share Your Wi-Fi for Social Good
For those who have unlimited broadband at home, you can contribute to empower others by sharing your Wi-Fi network during the MCO. Simplify's US-patented technology can turn any existing home Wi-Fi into a secure Wi-Fi mesh network. With a simple sign-up on Simplify’s website, you will receive a unique Wi-Fi name and password, set it on your Wi-Fi router and start sharing like a little Internet Service Provider within your community, without having to give away your password.
Similar to the concept of ridesharing, instead of letting every broadband user connects to the Internet individually, now Wi-Fi sharing enables users to co-ride on a single data channel to reduce network traffic, consuming less energy and network resources in the process. To the larger extent, this helps minimize our carbon footprint while keeping Internet access sustainable.