Public Wi-Fi provision in Brazil takes off

The number of cities providing the service skyrocketed in the last two years

The provision of public Wi-Fi in Brazil has seen massive growth in the last two years, according to government data.

There has been an 83,2 percent growth in the number of Brazilian cities providing Internet access for free in public areas in the last two years, according to data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics.

According to the data, 1457 out of the 5570 Brazilian municipalities offered free Internet access in 2014.

The three states where most of these locations are concentrated are São Paulo, with 207 cities offering the service, followed by Minas Gerais with 155 and Rio Grande do Sul with 116 locations.

However, the Northeast region has made more progress in terms of free Wi-Fi provision, with a 242 percent rise in the number of municipalities offering the service.