Seoul City to Become Free Wi-Fi Zone by 2022

  • By Lee Hae-in

    October 08, 2019 10:27

    Anybody will be able to use free Wi-Fi services anywhere in Seoul from 2022.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government on Monday said it will spend W102.7 billion over the next three years to build a citywide free Wi-Fi network (US$1=W1,198).

    Currently, about 31 percent of the metropolitan area, including the city hall, public agencies, major parks, plazas and marketplaces, provide free Wi-Fi.

    "The aim is to make sure that every citizen benefits from internet access in the digital age," a city official said. "Foreign visitors will also be able to use free Wi-Fi services as they please."

    The metropolitan government plans to build its own Wi-Fi network instead of using private mobile networks. It believes this will cost a lot initially but pass the break-even point in five years considering the high fees of private telecoms. 

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