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Dubai loves to be the biggest and best at everything, and now that roster of braggadocio includes the world’s fastest free airport WiFi.
According to Dubai Airports, its new superfast WiFi service – aptly named WOW-Fi – serves up speeds "up to a staggering 100Mbps, surpassing all other airports."
Of course, the operative words here are "up to".
But to set things in perspective: 100Mbs is as fast as Telstra's own cable network, and about ten times the average home Internet speed on an ADSL2+ connection.
The sprawling airport – home to Qantas partner Emirates – is being fitted out with over 6,000 new WiFi access points running the same fast 802.11ac technology as most modern laptops, so your own notebook will no longer be forced into the slow lane of older crowded WiFi channels.
Feeding those hotspots is a 5Gbps link, to ensure there's plenty of bandwidth to be shared by the airport's 100,000 users per day.
If you're passing through Dubai and want to tap into the airport's WOW-Fi network and fire up the SpeedTest website, we'd be interested to hear of the real-world results...