Vietnam central hub Da Nang to provide free Wi-Fi

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The central city of Da Nang plans to spend nearly US$2 million to provide locals and tourists with free wireless Internet starting this September, VnExpress quoted a local official as saying Friday.

Pham Kim Son, director of Da Nang Department of Information and Communication, said nearly 400 Wi-Fi routers with 2.4 and 5.8 GHz bands will be installed at tourist sites, universities, state agencies and electrical posts.

The system allows 10,000 simultaneous accesses, he said.

According to the official, installing wireless Internet is "extremely necessary" for the development of the society, the economy and information technology; and will also serve as a foundation for the establishment of electronic government.

Earlier, Vietnam's famed tourism towns Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam, Ha Long in the northern province of Quang Ninh, and Hue in the central province of Thua Thien Hue established Wi-Fi systems to provide free Internet connections to locals and tourists. 

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