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Will free wi-fi attract more tourists?

Update: May, 31/2013 - 09:51

Ha Noi's Information and Communications Department plans to provide free wi-fi internet access around Hoan Kiem Lake. Authorities believe the service will attract more tourists to the city and stimulate local economic growth in the bustling heart of the city.

In early 2012, Hoi An city in central Quang Nam Province became the first city in the country to set-up a wi-fi network to serve tourists. The city spent about VND25 billion (US$1.1million) to install 350 wi-fi hotspots with a internet access speed of 256Mb/s.

However, some local residents in Hoi An say that the service sometimes suffers from slow connections, making surfing the internet a frustrating experience. In the meantime, experts have raised concerns over the network's security as they claim people on smart phones, laptops or Ipads accessing the internet via the free wi-fi network, have to face to a high risk of having their private information stolen by hackers.

Do you like using free wi-fi when you visit places near Hoan Kiem Lake? What are the benefits and drawbacks when using free wi-fi networks in public areas? Do you think that the plan to provide free wi-fi will attract more tourists? Do you worry about security risks when using wi-fi? Are free wi-fi networks common in your country?

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