Free public Wi-Fi across Edinburgh by summer

Free wi-fi is set to be installed across the city in time for this summer's Fringe festival. Pic: Jon Savage

Free wi-fi is set to be installed across the city in time for this summer's Fringe festival. Pic: Jon Savage

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SCOTLAND’S capital is set to have free city wide Wi-Fi by the summer.

Edinburgh City council have been asked to approve the award of a 10 year contract which would see free to use internet available across the city from world leading Wi-Fi provider GOWEX

If the contract is approved by councillors next week, Edinburgh will join the likes of New York, San Francisco, Barcelona, and Paris in providing free Wi-Fi.

The free megabyte Wi-Fi will be available 24/7 in the city centre and town centres of Edinburgh and in place for this years Edinburgh Fringe festival.

Councillor Frank Ross, Economy Convener, said: “This is a fantastic result for Edinburgh, it’s a great service for city residents, adds clout to the visitor experience and pays its own way.

“As a Council we’re proud of the international companies that want to work with us to bring the best to the City.

“The GOWEX commitment to our town centres is especially exciting. It means safe, secure and free access at all times to WiFi the equal of New York, Paris and Madrid not just in the city centre but for great places such as Portobello, Stockbridge and Corstorphine.”

Jenaro Garcia, CEO at GOWEX, said: “GOWEX is very pleased to have been selected by City of Edinburgh Council. We intend to make Edinburgh a showcase Wireless Smart City in the UK, a strategic market for GOWEX.

“We’re looking forward to forging strong and lasting partnerships in the coming years and bringing the benefits of our Wireless Smart Cities experience in over 84 major cities worldwide to the city of Edinburgh.”

GOWEX will be installing network equipment with the first phase in the city centre to be delivered ready for the start of this year’s summer festivals.

Ken Hay, Chair of Festivals Edinburgh, said: “The Edinburgh Festivals know that the increasing use of mobile devices by residents and visitors in any city means that easy access to wi-fi is now a basic expectation.

“The news that Edinburgh is making wi-fi freely available to visitors and residents in time for the August Festivals is tremendous.

“This new service will not only boost access to the shows and information we provide, but also allow visitors to fully share their own unique experiences on social media, enhancing the profile of Edinburgh around the globe as a must-see destination.”

Edinburgh is one of 22 cities across the UK benefiting from Government’s Super Connected Cities £150 million Programme which is being delivered through Broadband Delivery UK.