Free Wireless Internet Park Services: An Investigation of Technology Adoption in Qatar from a Citizens' Perspective

Free Wireless Internet Park Services: An Investigation of Technology Adoption in Qatar from a Citizens' Perspective

Shafi Al-Shafi (Brunel University, UK)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/jcit.2008070103
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Abstract

This article examines the adoption of free wireless Internet parks (iPark) by Qatari citizens as a means of accessing electronic services from public parks. The Qatar government has launched the iPark concept with a view of providing free internet access for all citizens while enjoying the outdoors. This concept is enabled by an ICT infrastructure and broadband facilities which is considered as regional good practice. By offering free wireless Internet access, the Qatari government encourages its citizen’s to actively participate in the global information society with a view of bridging the digital divide. Using a survey based study this research set out to examine the Qatari citizens’ perceptions of the iPark initiative. Results of the survey showed that there is a positive level of relation between the independent variables, usefulness, ease of use, Internet safety, and Internet speed/response time and one dependent variable, intention to use the iPark in Qatar. The paper provides a discussion on the key findings, research implications, limitations, and future directions for the iPark initiative in Qatar.

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