Wednesday 26 June 2019

Seven Irish towns to get free high-speed public wi-fi under new scheme

Galway City was the first town in Ireland to avail of the free wifi initiative
Galway City was the first town in Ireland to avail of the free wifi initiative

Seven town centres across Ireland are set to receive free, high-speed public wifi, thanks to a new rollout by Magnet Networks.

Sligo, Westport, Monaghan, Knock and Carrick-on-Shannon have been added to the scheme, with two locations in Donegal and Kerry yet to be confirmed. Locals and tourists will be able to enjoy unlimited wifi access with speeds of up to 100mps in each of the seven town centres.

It’s all part of a unique initiative from Magnet Networks, who are supplying the wifi access with the support of the local authorities in each area.

The new scheme, which will benefit individuals and businesses, will cost the towns nothing. In order to provide the service, Magnet Networks has installed access points on the premises of local businesses. This provides seamless connectivity with the town centres, with each access point having a range of 150 metres.

Benefits to the participating towns

The benefits of this initiative to locals, businesses and tourists are obvious, according to Magnet Networks Ireland MD, Stephen Brewer.

“The beauty of Magnet Networks’ free wifi is that you only need to register once, so tourists coming to different towns along the Wild Atlantic Way, for example, will automatically enjoy free connectivity at no cost in a range of towns,” says Mr Brewer.

“As the project is financed by giving local businesses the opportunity to sponsor the wifi and send promotional offers, tourists can then be directed to attractions or places to eat and drink.

“For example, if a local restaurant sponsored the wifi, they would be able to send out a coupon at a set time to everyone who has logged on that day giving them 10pc off.

“This is a great way for local businesses to stand out, which is particularly useful in towns such as Galway, Carrick-on-Shannon and Westport where there are so many options for tourists to choose from,” he added.

Magnet Networks are hoping to roll out the initiative in even more towns throughout Ireland, having enjoyed success in Ireland and beyond with similar schemes.

“We are in talks with towns throughout the country who see the business advantages of having free wifi which encourages people to spend longer in town centres, and being able to transmit information and offers to them,” according to Mr Brewer.

“Magnet Networks has a strong track record in providing world-class wifi services to public spaces such as the new smart city at Wembley Park in London, and events such as the NFL games at Wembley and the X Factor finals.

Other towns invited to join the scheme

The company has also invited other towns around the country to join the scheme and avail of the option of free high-high speed wifi in public areas.

“Our aim is to extend this service throughout Ireland, and we are asking interested towns to get in touch though”

It is a great opportunity to improve the digital infrastructure of any town. Magnet Networks’ public-private partnership in Galway was the first of its kind in Ireland, bringing local businesses together to create a high-speed digital corridor from the Spanish Arch to Eyre Square. Magnet Networks has been providing free public wifi in Galway City centre for over a year now, and it’s an integral part of the city’s business and tourism offering.

Sponsored by: Magnet

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