Ha Noi to install free Wi-Fi at tourist attractions


VGP - The Ha Noi Information and Communication Service has asked the Ha Noi Post and Telecommunications Company (VNPT) to extend the free Internet connection network to public areas.

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The city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, People’s Committees of Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh, Tay Ho, Ha Dong districts and Son Tay town and related agencies are required to coordinate with VNPT Ha Noi in providing free Wi-Fi connection at places of interest in their localities.

The move is aimed at materializing the municipal Party Committee’s resolution on tourism development in the 2016-2020 period and the following years. As such, free Wi-Fi will be provided at tourist places and at 80% of hotels and restaurants in the city.

The tourism department said the figures reflect the high demand and that the service should be expanded.

Due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, in the first seven months of 2020, Ha Noi welcomed an estimated 6.13 million visitors, down 63.3% from a year earlier. 

Of the amount, international arrivals were estimated at one million while the number of domestic tourists totaled 5.13 million. Revenue from tourism was VND22.4 trillion (US$969.2 million) in this seven-month period.

Since August 2017 Ha Noi has had a wireless Internet system in certain areas such as around Hoan Kiem lake, the ancient citadel of Thang Long, the Perfume Pagoda complex or the ceramic village of Bat Trang.

From now on, the public has free access to public wifi in historic sites and tourist destinations in the capital.

The capital city aims to develop telecommunication and IT infrastructure so as to provide free Wi-fi at tourist spots and at 80% of the hotels and restaurants.

By Vien Nhu