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Seoul to Offer Free WiFi Throughout City

By 2015, the entire city of Seoul will be blanketed with free WiFi, making the South Korean capital the most connected metropolis in the world by far.

The local government last week announced a US$44 million project to bring free WiFi to the city’s 10,430 parks, streets and other public places, according to the AFP. Even buses, subways and taxis will be equipped to offer WiFi by the end of this year.

As part of the plan, three local service providers are working with the government to set up the WiFi zones.

Seoul is already one of the world’s most wired cities—telecommunication authorities expect there to be more than 20 million smartphone users there by the end of this year—and this multi-million dollar plan is set to take this to the next level.

"The undertaking will help raise local residents' satisfaction index while reinventing Seoul into a smart mobile city," a government official told South Korea's Electronic Times News.

[via AFP; ET News]
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