HCM City will provide wireless internet free of charge for tourists and locals. (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – HCM City plans to provide wireless internet (WiFi) free of charge for tourists and local residents, Deputy Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen said on May 31.

The city has yet to decide whether to start the service on a pilot basis or to begin installing it city-wide.

Tuyen said a Singaporean company had petitioned to install free WiFi for the city.

Van Thi Bach Tuyet, Director of the city’s Department of Tourism, said if the city provided free WiFi, it would be good for the tourism sector.

The quality of WiFi must be ensured, particularly the speed, she said.

In Vietnam, many large cities have provided free WiFi for tourists and local residents.

In 2012, Hội An City in the central province of Quang Nam became the country’s first city to implement a free WiFi system with 350 wireless base broadcasting stations for the entire city.

Ha Long, Hue and Da Nang have also provided free WiFi for tourists and local residents.-VNA