Free wifi ahead of Commonwealth Games

24 Jun 2013

Free WiFi will be available outdoors in the city centre and East End of Glasgow in time for the Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow City Council aims to strike a deal with an internet provider which will allow residents and visitors to log on for free.

A telecommunications company will be allowed to mount equipment on council buildings and street furniture such as street lights if they provide a free service and set up a Glasgow branded welcome page.

The service would cost the council little and allow the provider to use the equipment to provide paid-for services such as 4G WiFi.

It will mean anyone can log on to the internet for free from their laptop, tablet or smartphone in the open air in, for example, George Square. In the longer term, it is hoped the free WiFi network will be extended.

In January, Glasgow beat 29 cities to win £24million in a contest run by the Government's innovation agency the Technology Strategy Board. It outlined how public, private and academic sectors can combine to use tech-nology to enhance day-to-day life in the city.

Source: Evening Times - Free wifi in city ahead of Games