Friday 20 July 2018

Dublin City Council cancels free wifi contract but says service will continue

Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Dublin’s free wifi network looks set to continue, despite Dublin City Council cancelling the contract of the service’s backbone wifi provider.

An official from Dublin City Council told that the existing free wifi hotspots, located in Dublin 1 and 2, would continue to function as normal. The official said that the Council had triggered the cancellation of its contract with Spanish wifi provider Gowex to avoid being locked in for a further two years.

However he said that the service would continue “as normal” until the end of the year, after which a new provider -- or group of providers -- would be connected to the system. He said that the service would remain free.

The Council has cancelled its contract with Gowex after the Spanish provider applied for bankruptcy last year following a financial scandal.

The service is based on free wifi up 0.5Mbs or €5 for 24 hours’ wifi access at 3Mbs.

The original arrangement was to see Gowex launch new public wifi hotspots around Dublin.

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