In South Korea, which counts over 8.4 million fourth-generation long-term evolution (LTE) network users and recently became the first country to pass 100 percent wireless penetration, free Wi-Fi services are now being offered at over 1,000 public areas across the country.
The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) announced the completion of a joint project with telecommunications service providers KT, SK Telecom, and LG U+ on July 11 to offer free public Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi networks were developed together by the KCC and the participating companies in an effort to prevent overlap of wireless networks and allow convenient Internet access regardless of telecommunications service provider. The public areas offering the new services include public service centers such as bus terminals, train stations, and airports, as well as regional cultural centers, libraries, athletics facilities, national public hospitals, welfare centers, and select tourist spots. Visitors will find a Public Wi-Fi logo at areas that offer the service. Using the network is as easy as selecting the network entitled “Public WiFi Free” and logging in with your user information at the shared login page. Network users will be asked to login again after an hour of use in order to allow more people to use the services. A full directory of the locations of public Wi-Fi spots can be found at the websites of the KCC and the National Information Society Agency. "The development of a public Wi-Fi network is an important milestone in our progress towards providing users with an ideal environment for convenient wireless accessibility,” said a KCC representative. "We will continue to collaborate with telecommunications service providers to further expand services." By Kwon JungyunKorea.net Staff Writer
As of July 11, over 1000 public areas across Korea offer free Wi-Fi services (photos courtesy of KT, SK Telecom and LG U+).