Leicester City Council announces deal with BT to deliver free Wi-Fi service

By Max Pearson

Leicester City Council and BT have agreed a 10-year deal that will supply parts of the city with free public Wi-Fi by the spring.

The free public Wi-Fi, which has not cost the council a penny, will be delivered by already in use CCTV cameras to locations such as the Clock Tower, Jubilee Square and outside the Richard III centre on St Martins across the city.

 

Deputy City Mayor, Cllr Rory Palmer, said: “We already have free Wi-Fi in our libraries and we know how popular Wi-Fi hotspots in city centre coffee shops and other venues are.

“We’d like to be able to extend this offer so that people can get online even more easily.

“Free Wi-Fi will also support our plans to promote economic growth in the city and is now seen as essential infrastructure for a modern connected city.”

The free Wi-Fi service will form part of BT’s 5 million Wi-Fi hotspots, with the company already having free public Wi-Fi services available in Cardiff, Gloucester, Glasgow, Nottingham and Newcastle.

Owen Moody, BT’s regional manager for the East Midlands, said: “Connecting people is at the heart of what we do and a great deal of work has already taken place with the city council.

“Being able to use technology on the move is more important than ever and we’re confident the new Wi-Fi network will make a big difference to people in Leicester.”

Second-year De Montfort University student Gareth Unwin, said: “In this modern age, everybody is on the internet all the time and the [introduction of free public Wi-Fi] stops people using their data, which therefore saves people money.

“People are always checking their Facebook and Twitter.”

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