HA NOI (VNS) — People will get free wi-fi Internet access at governmental offices, public places and tourism destinations in the northern province of Bac Ninh from December 31.
It is part of a project passed by its People's Committee on June 11 to have wi-fi in the province.
The Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications (VNPT) will invest nearly VND10 billion (over US$476,000) in building technological infrastructure and installing equipments as well as providing training courses for staff and managing the project in the province.
The People's Committee also said it would support VND150 million (over $7,000) per month to maintain the service for five years.
According to the project, there will be 50 spots covered with wi-fi, including 16 outdoors places installed with free signals. At the remaining places, users will get cards to access the Internet.
People, who access government and provincial portals in the area covered by wi-fi, will get it free.
VNPT Bac Ninh will give 600 free accounts to access the Internet with cards worth from VND100,000 ($4.76) to VND300,000 ($14.28) per month for some agencies and tourist groups to enhance information technology applications and boost tourism. Bac Ninh is expected to be the sixth tourism destination in Viet Nam providing free wi-fi, after Hoi An, Da Nang, Hue, Ha Long and Tam Dao. — VNS