The city authority is expected to put 10 free-Wi-Fi hotspots in the first stage along the pedestrian plazas around Hoan Kiem Lake and adjacent areas on National Day, September 2.
By doing so, the city residents and visitors can access free internet from their smartphones and portable devices by enabling Wi-Fi search mode to select the hotspot "Freewifi _UBNDHANOI".
Nguyen Sy Tien, head of the Hanoi Post and Telecommunications Department under the Department of Information and Communications (DoIC), said the installation of 18 hotspots at 10 locations is expected to be completed prior to the inauguration of the walking plazas on September 1.
In the second stage, VNPT Hanoi, will try to ensure the deployment and installation 13 hotspots at 11 locations before September 20, 2016.
Regarding security and service quality at the hotspots, the representative said to the press that the outdoor wireless transceiver with 2.4GHz 802.11N standard is designed specifically for the broadband wireless services. This equipment has a high reliability and stable operation in different weather conditions.A representative of VNPT Hanoi said the free Wi-Fi hotspots were developed by VNPT Technology Company.
He also noted that service will be on trial for the pedestrian plaza around the lake and adjacent areas between September 1 and December 12, 2016. Therefore, internet congestion is possible during festivals. To avoid possible congestion, VNPT Hanoi will review and adjust Wi-Fi coverage and install more hotspots after the trial period.
After 10 seconds to introduce pedestrian plazas and logos of sponsors, users can start surfing the internet. Users are offered 30 minutes free usage for their internet access. After that, the system will automatically log out. Users wanting to log in again will have to repeat the above-mentioned steps, he said.