Edinburgh rolls out free public Wi-Fi
The service is now available in the city centre
Data: Photo credit: Fotolia
Visitors to Edinburgh can now enjoy free public Wi-Fi, after the service went live today across the city centre.
In March this year, City of Edinburgh Council agreed a 10-year contract with intechnologyWiFi to deliver Wi-Fi coverage and improved mobile reception to the city centre.
The network has gone live to coincide with Edinburgh’s festive events, which are predicted to attract almost a million people.
Councillor Frank Ross, the council’s digital champion, said: “It is great news as everyone will be able to get free outdoor access to the latest information on their favourite apps and websites while they are out and about over the festive season and beyond.
“It is also really important that we are providing this kind of quality service to the millions of residents and visitors who enjoy our city each year to ensure they have access to all the information they need.
“This project is central to the Council’s plans for growing the city economy, and encouraging residents and visitors to stay longer and increase their spend.”
YouGov research published earlier this year revealed that nearly 43 per cent of Britons are frustrated by the lack of free, public Wi-Fi networks available across the UK, while one in four people would be more likely to stay longer in a town or city centre with access to free Wi-Fi.
The council hopes Edinburgh’s outdoor Wi-Fi network could drive greater footfall in the city centre, supporting the high street and local economy, while making it easier for tourists to access information about the city’s retail and leisure attractions.
A map of the available coverage and FAQs about the service are available here.
The Scottish Government is investing £2m for faster public sector connectivity in Aberdeen
The seven-year deal follows similar contracts with Edinburgh and Scottish Borders councils
The Rise of Urbantech report names Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow as centre for ‘urban tech’
Two new benefits will be delivered by Scotland’s social security agency by summer 2019