Peterborough city centre has joined the digital revolution with the launch of a new Wi-Fi network. This will allow all users to log on to their emails or browse the internet on smart phones, laptops or tablets completely for free.
Transmitters, situated on lampposts, have now been turned on and the Wi-Fi can be accessed in Cathedral Square, St John’s Square, the top end of Bridge Street, the lower end of Long Causeway and part of Cowgate.
The network went live Wednesday, 11 September and the Wi-Fi signal will show up on devices as _City Wi-Fi. Residents and visitors will to select the network, tick a box agreeing terms and conditions on a web page and will then be connected. Apple users may need to access the login page manually at https://hotspot.digitalairwifi.com after selecting the Wi-Fi network.
This will be the first phase of the project while officers monitor the number of people taking advantage of the internet connection and the overall usage. A one-off investment of £38,000 has been made to install the transmitters and other equipment for the network as well as an annual maintenance charge of £5,100. However, this first phase will also look at how the network can be used commercially, through analysis of the numbers of users, in order to recoup the initial outlay and to cover annual charges.
Councillor Marco Cereste, Leader of Peterborough City Council, said: ‘This is a fantastic service to roll out in Peterborough city centre as it’s essential that we keep up with technological advances while we compete for visitors to come and enjoy the city and for businesses to open here.
‘It will also be of great use to local residents so next time you’re in the city centre or having a drink at one of the many cafes and restaurants you’ll be able to access your device either for work or leisure over this free-for-all Wi-Fi connection.’
Some websites have been restricted, including pornographic and gambling sites.