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Brief Published: 30 Jun 2011

Seoul Offers Free Public WiFi


The city government of Seoul plans to make its WiFi network available in parks, streets and other public places by 2015.

With the increasing popularity of smartphones and tablets, demand for WiFi has been booming but so far outdoor coverage in the city has been limited. At present, WiFi service is unavailable at 83% of outdoor areas.

Three local wireless operators will invest 47.7bn Won (£27bn/$44bn) to create the outdoor WiFi network. They aim to have all buses, subway trains and taxis in the city equipped with wireless internet by the end of this year.

Elsewhere, the first free WiFi hotspot in New York has just opened. The DUMBO zone, found between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, was financed by the Two Trees Management Company – which owns buildings in the neighbourhood.

Additionally, a WiFi network is set to be introduced in Manhattan by the Towerstream Corporation, but it will not be a free service.

Two Trees Management Company