Korea's telecom giant KT Corp. said Sunday it will provide wireless-fidelity (WiFi) services in Seoul subway trains starting in November to better meet demands of data-hungry smartphone users.
KT, the country's sole distributor of Apple Inc.'s iPhone, will complete building mobile wireless networks in selected subway lines in Seoul to tap commuters surfing the Web on cell phones or smartphones, it said in a statement.
The company will later expand the WiFi services to all subway trains in Seoul and its metropolitan areas, including Incheon city, in the coming months, it added.
The WiFi service is set for completion this month in subway stations and platforms of major Korean cities.
The No. 2 mobile carrier also plans to provide high-speed wireless Internet in more public transportation facilities, including airport shuttle buses, in the future, it said.
The company, which is a dominant fixed-line operator in South Korea, is beefing up the WiFi services country-wide as it braces for an explosion in the data traffic with a surging number of South Koreans downloading multimedia content and surfing the Web on mobile devices.
SOURCE: Yonhap News