In Japan, tourism signifies Wi-Fi opportunities

Published on : Thursday, December 28, 2017

In Japan, tourism signifies Wi-FiThe Japanese law for tourism promotion is all set to attract 40 million inbound tourists by 2020. Those visitors can use Wi-Fi to enjoy and explore the country and get around simultaneously. Through advertisements and data, the service will earn revenue.

Hiroshi Kiji, Director at Wi2, one of Japan’s largest carriers, explains that accessing internet is a major concern and a prime driving force of the tourists as how they share their experiences with other probable visitors. In a recent survey, internet connectivity was one of the significant challenges recognized by international visitors. In the said category, free Wi-Fi was the biggest issue outlined.

To attract and house new tourists, the law needs to deploy 30,000 additional hotspots by 2019 along with a one-step authentication process for 200,000 Wi-Fi hotspots countrywide. Wi2 is the carrier making tourist access to Wi-Fi hotspots all through Japan.

Wi2 is the Wi-Fi operating arm of KDDI Group, Japan’s second-largest telco. Came into being in 2009, Wi2 offers public Wi-Fi to consumers, mobile carriers, and Wi-Fi operating partners. The company functions across 240,000 hotspots all over Japan and also provides free Wi-Fi deployment services as well. The scheme resulted in Wi2 landing 140 major accounts comprising 40 municipal Wi-Fi networks.

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