PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2015, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (4): 438-447.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2015.04.005

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Building a smart city: a spatial analysis and review of WLAN hotspots in metropolitan Shanghai

Mingfeng WANG(), Chengcheng GU   

  1. Center for Modern Chinese City Studies, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
  • Online:2015-04-10 Published:2015-04-10


In the current era of mobile telecommunication, wireless city, mobile city, smart city, and other kinds of new urban forms are emerging, but we know little about the evolution of these new urban spaces. This article explores the spatial disparities of wireless infrastructure in metropolitan area and reveals its adverse effects. It analyzes the spatial distribution of wireless access facilities by GIS technique, using the data of Shanghai CMCC’s wireless local area network (WLAN) hotspots. Despite the rapid expansion of wireless access facilities in the city, disparities between neighborhoods have not been reduced. The spatial digital divide still exists and may have a tendency to expand. Finally, some planning and policy recommendations for wireless city are proposed.

Key words: wireless city, smart city, WLAN, digital divide, Shanghai