Chile brings free public Wi-Fi to Easter Island

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Chile's telecoms regulator Subtel has awarded licenses to install 38 additional free public Wi-Fi hotspots including remote Easter Island and indigenous communities in the Metropolitan Region.

The move is part of the Wi-Fi ChileGob program that falls under the government's digital agenda goals for 2020.

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The Wi-Fi hotspots will be installed in indigenous community and cultural centers, as well as public squares, theaters and pedestrian areas in capital Santiago.

Currently there are 612 ChileGob Wi-Fi hotspots operating up and down the country, with plans to reach a total of 975 by 2017.

Of the 612 hotspots, 14 are in public parks, 172 in public squares. In 2016 another 11 parks will be connected.

President Michelle Bachelet announced at the end of November details of the country's Agenda Digital 2020, a series of 60 measures to be developed through public and private partnerships with the aim of narrowing the digital divide over the next five years.

A key element is to ensure that all of Chile is connected with high-speed infrastructure at accessible prices.

The goal for 2020 is to have 90% of homes connected via fixed telephony and 20% with fiber. Some 90% of municipalities will have free public Wi-Fi. Average internet speeds should reach 10Mbps and 100% of public schools will be connected to the web.