Up to 665 free public internet access points became operational in 16 provinces on November 23 under phase two of a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

The benefited localities include three provinces in the northern mountainous region, four in the Central Highlands of Tay Nguyen, four in the central region and five in the southern region.

The 50 million USD project installed more than 4,600 sets of computers and internet access devices at local libraries and post offices.

The public access points have also been equipped with other supporting devices such as printers, projectors and headphones to benefit users.

The BMGF’s “Improvement of Computer Usage and Public Internet Access Ability in Vietnam ” project is being carried out by the Ministry of Information and Communications from 2011 to 2016.-VNA