Seoul Moves to Provide Free City-Wide WiFi Service

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in South Korea's capital are moving to provide free Internet access at more than 10,000 locations around the city, including outdoor public spaces, major streets and densely populated residential areas.

The metropolitan government said three telecommunications companies agreed in memorandums with Mayor Oh Se-hoon on Wednesday to provide the service.

Media reports say Seoul will grant leases to KT, LG Telecom and SK Telecom. The companies will invest $44 million in the project, which will be completed in 2015.

A city official said the companies expect to recoup their investment through increased sales of third generation so-called “smart” phones. The service is also expected to become available in buses, subway trains and taxis.