Hong Kong has launched a common Wi-Fi brand jointly provided by several operators under the name ‘Wi-Fi.HK’, allowing the public and foreign visitors to connect to the internet for free on smartphones or other mobile devices (with all participating hotspot locations offering either unlimited free access or at least 30 minutes free). Participants of the Wi-Fi.HK brand include Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT, part of PCCW), Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN), Hutchison Global Communications (HGC, 3), Y5ZONE, Airport Authority Hong Kong, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation and Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company. As reported by Telecom Asia, more than 5,000 Wi-Fi hotspots are initially available under the scheme, including hotspots under the Government Wi-Fi Program (‘GovWiFi’), while Wi-Fi.HK also provides free access in Hong Kong International Airport, tourist attractions, public telephone booths, shopping centres, cafes, restaurants, convenience stores, Cyberport, the Science Park as well as GovWiFi premises.
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