Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Yekaterinburg to offer WiFi in 85 percent of public places by 2020

The number of public places in Yekaterinburg with WiFi access is expected to grow to 85 percent by 2020.

An additional 75 percent of users will be able to use their mobile devices to enter the web by the same time, according to Ural Business Consulting.

It is also predicted that 91 percent of households will have an internet connection by 2020.

The city is also expected to see a rise in the number of IT and communications specialists leaving local colleges, with the number increasing from 2,751 to 38,100 people, according to Chairman of Yekaterinburg Council's IT and Communications Committee Mark Markov.

Currently, Yekaterinburg has more than 550 functional WiFi access points in public places. A total 69.9 percent of households currently have an internet connection, which is twice as many a in 2006.

The city has also seen an increase in the total length of fiber optic cables located within the city limits, growing from 2,782.5 kilometers in 2006 to 3,997 kilometers in 2012. External traffic volume has grown by more than 100 times from 360 terabytes to 30,265 terabytes, Ural Business Consulting reports.