Plan to launch free WiFi hotspots in Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic’s Danilo Medina administration announced plans to provide around 5,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots in parks, public squares, universities, schools and hospitals nationwide as part of its “Digital Republic” program for 2016-2020.

The initiative will be managed by the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel) with a view to significantly accelerating Internet access in the DR.

The initiative will be managed by the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel) with a view to significantly accelerating Internet access in the DR.

Other measures include a deal with local energy utility ETED to bring fiber-optic technology to 32 underserved localities in the southwest of the country.

Earlier this year, Santo Domingo’s government said it planned to increase the percentage of Internet users in the country to 70% by 2020 and to connect all provincial capitals to the fiber-optic network as part of a US$300 million digital inclusion plan.

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