KT launches 100,000 free Wi-Fi access points

Friday 11 August 2017 | 13:15 CET | News
South Korean operator KT has opened 100,000 free Wi-Fi access points. KT also plans to enhance Wi-Fi network equipment in subway trains nationwide, The Korea Times reports. The Wi-Fi access points have been deployed in crowded places such as convenience stores, department stores, shopping malls, bus stations, subway stations, gas stations, tourist sites, cinemas, theaters and bookstores.

"Aiming at reducing people's telecom expenses, we have worked on opening 100,000 Wi-Fi APs and improving the quality of Wi-Fi networks inside subway trains", said Park Hyun-jin, VP of KT Mobile's business department. "We will come up with more measures to further cut household telecom expenses and expand benefits for our subscribers", Hyun-jin said.

Under its "Public Wi-Fi 2.0" strategy, the government has urged operators to open and upgrade their Wi-Fi hotspot network nationwide. KT plans to open more Wi-Fi access points by the end of this month. 

The Wi-Fi points are available for KT subscribers as well as for non-KT users. However, non-KT customers will be required to provide personal information such as email address, phone number, gender and age and agree to the terms and conditions to use the free Wi-Fi for an hour. They can then continue accessing KT’s Wi-Fi service after watching video ads, the company said. 

The free Wi-Fi APs are also available to foreign tourists who are visiting Korea. Prepaid phone numbers are also accepted in the registration process, a KT spokesman said.

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