According to Pham Kim Son, Director of the Department of Information and Communication, the WiFi system will operate in next September, with nearly 400 transmitter (each found within about 300 m), ensure the access of 10,000 at the same time.
The WiFi installation is done in two stages, with a total investment of close to $2 million. The WiFi transmitter will be installed on the public street lighting columns, tourist attractions, universities, departments and branches , connected urban network during operation with the 2.4 and 5.8 GHz bands.
Mr. Son added that the project was conceived in 2003 when Da Nang put a target array development of information technology, but slow deployment of investment capital due to entanglements. When implemented, the project applies the technology of 2012.
“To make information technology, economic development, public services for network installation, the wireless Internet is essential, creating a foundation for the construction of e-government”, says Pham Kim Son.
The Government of Vietnam is committed to a national strategy to strengthen the information and communication technology sector in Vietnam with countrywide broadband information infrastructure, where access the Internet will be predominantly via wireless broadband. As such wireless broadband – both terrestrial and in more remote mountainous parts of the country satellite services – is essential to the economy and social fabric of Vietnam and its people. Given the Vietnam success in driving one of the world’s highest rates of mobile penetration, the challenge now is to embrace convergence and facilitate the use of broadband by this large installed base of mobile subscribers. This requires both infrastructure – provided on a cost effective manner so that prices are affordable – and content. On both fronts, there remain challenges.
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