Implementing Free Wi-Fi in Public Parks: An Empirical Study in Qatar

Implementing Free Wi-Fi in Public Parks: An Empirical Study in Qatar

Shafi Al-Shafi (Brunel University, UK) and Vishanth Weerakkody (Brunel University, UK)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/jegr.2009070102
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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 Qatari government has launched the free wireless Internet parks concept under their national electronic government (e-government) initiative with a view to providing free Internet access for all citizens whilst enjoying the outdoors. By offering free wireless internet access, the Qatari government hopes to increase the accessibility of e-government services and encourage their citizens to actively participate in the global information society with a view to bridging the digital divide. The adoption and diffusion of iPark services will depend on user acceptance and the availability of wireless technology. This article examines an extended technology acceptance model (TAM) that proposes individual differences and technology complexity in order to determine perceived usefulness and perceived ease of the iPark initiative by using a survey-based study. The article provides a discussion on the key findings, research implications, limitations, and future directions for the iPark initiative in Qatar.

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