Ho Chi Minh City will have free Wi-Fi available for tourists everywhere within a matter of months.
It follows an agreement with city authorities and a Singaporean firm which has offered to install free Wi-Fi across the city for both visitors and locals. Tran Vinh Tuyen, the vice-president, said they were happy that the project would boost tourist numbers visiting Ho Chi Minh. He claims that there will be a two-speed system – a normal one for most places and a faster version for certain city hotspots. At present there is free Wi-Fi in most hospitals and along Nguyen Hue walking street, according to Thanh Nien News.
A number of provinces already provide the facility at tourism hotspots. Among the towns offering Wi-Fi are Hoi An, Ha Long Bay and parts of Danang. Wi-Fi is available to the public across most of Vietnam. According to the 2014 White Book on Vietnamese Information and Communication Technology, it ranks 18th worldwide in terms of internet usage. In a population of virtually 90 million, some 33 million are internet users in Vietnam according to figures dating from three years ago. The country is very competitive in this area and ranked eighth in terms of lowest telecom and internet charges. There are over 22 million broadband subscribers and more than 17 million 3G subscribers.