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Riga remains unchallenged for second year: keeps European WiFi capital title
A repeat study on the availability of wireless internet in the EU countries shows that Riga still is Europe’s capital of free WiFi. This was calculated taking into account the number of residents per number of free WiFi access points.
With ~444 people per WiFi access point, Latvia’s capital has outrun such cities as Tallinn (~975 people), Valletta (~1074 people), Lisbon (~1090 people), Vilnius (~2162 people) and others.
"Thanks to the expansion of the free access network and the introduction of our free service, we have become an example for many European countries, and the interest expressed by the international media confirms this. For example, Vienna plans to install 400 more WiFi access points by 2016; to people in Riga and Latvia, an even higher level of service has been available for the last three years. This is why the opinion of the local residents is important, and a survey conducted by Lattelecom has shown that more than half of internet users in Latvia admit that, in terms of availability, quality and convenience, Latvia offers a better public WiFi service than other countries," Lattelecom Chairman of the Board Juris Gulbis told.
Overall, Lattelecom has installed more than 4 500 WiFi access points all over Latvia, out of which almost 1 500 are available free in Riga’s parks, health institutions, public transport stops and other public areas.
The study was conducted in August 2015 taking into account the information about the number of free WiFi access points in European capitals available online, as well as the data on the Latvian access points provided by Lattelecom.