According to BelTA Free Wi-Fi Internet access will become available at ten stations of the Minsk metro in 2019, BelTA learned from Evelina Rachkovskaya, Head of the Marketing Department of the Belarusian Internet service provider Delovaya Set.
Free Wi-Fi will be enabled first at six metro stations located near major Minsk sport facilities in spring 2019. The number includes Avtozavodskaya (near Chizhovka Arena), Ploshchad Lenina and Pervomaiskaya (near the Dinamo Stadium), Nemiga (near the Sport Palace), Uruchye (near the sport complex Uruchye). The metro station Petrovshchina can be used to reach the Student Village where foreign athletes will live for the duration of the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019. Free Wi-Fi will be enabled at four other Minsk metro stations Ц Kamennaya Gorka, Mogilevskaya, Ploshchad Yakuba Kolasa, and Akademiya Nauk Ц by the end of the year. The stations have been chosen due to the heavy passenger traffic they get. About 6,500 people use free Wi-Fi Internet access in Minsk every month. The number of Internet sessions rises at the end of the month. According to Evelina Rachkovskaya, the users are in a hurry to use up their monthly data at that time of the month. Since April 2018 the ISP Delovaya Set has deployed over 100 free Wi-Fi Internet access points in Minsk. They are located in major shopping centers, in dozens of cafes, at refueling stations, in a number of hospitals, hotels, and banks. Users have to enter their mobile phone number in order to get their Internet access password. Consequent connections are performed automatically. Once connected, Internet access can be used for free indefinitely. Plans have been made to expand the Free Wi-Fi Minsk network by adding new access points.
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