The JUCC collaborative Wi-Fi network infrastructure was first implemented for soft launch in mid-June 2009 with funding from the University Grants Committee (UGC). The central security and authentication infrastructure were put into production in September 2009 with an initial set up of 5,484 access points installed in JUCC member institutions for supporting this shared Wi-Fi roaming service. The JUCC Network Task Force undertakes the operational support for the central security and authentication infrastructure of this joint JUCC Wi-Fi infrastructure while the individual institutions undertake the responsibility of installing access points according to their needs and providing continuous maintenance of the hardware and software of this joint Wi-Fi infrastructure.
This valuable collaborative Wi-Fi infrastructure provides the needed foundation to support the offer of joint course and encourage joint development and sharing of IT technologies across institutions.
With the dedication to share and collaborate with the Hong Kong Government, public and private organisations to make Hong Kong a highly Wi-Fi connected city in the world, the JUCC members participated in the City-wide Wi-Fi for the Public and Visitors Scheme (Wi-Fi.hk). Upon the invitation from The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) in July 2014, JUCC member institutions acted immediately to seek institutional approval, solicited the necessary resources and worked out the technical details. All the eight Full Members and four Affiliate Members confirmed their participation in the scheme. By end of December 2014, a total number of over 10,000 Wi-Fi access points were made available for free Wi-Fi services to the public and visitors at their campuses, making a quantum jump of the number of wi-Fi.HK hotspots. JUCC’s support to this scheme demonstrates the advanced development of wireless roaming service in the tertiary institutions in Hong Kong and their commitment to the society in sharing with and connecting people together.