Newcastle and Gateshead sign up for public Wi-Fi networks
Newcastle and Gateshead are the latest to sign up to providing public Wi-Fi networks in their regions.
Smart city: Newcastle has signed up for public Wi-Fi
The two areas have signed up to Gowex’s wireless smart city network and join Edinburgh and Dublin on the firm’s system.
The 10-year deal with local councils will see Wi-Fi installed in 40 per cent of identified access points initially and will begin this summer. Areas such as Shields Road District Centre, Newcastle centre, Beacon Lough Centre and Greenside Centre will have access alongside a range of others.
The news follows the recent appointment of Philip Brown as UK and Ireland general manager, who was tasked with leading the company’s growth strategy in the countries.
Brown said: “Gowex strategy in the UK and Ireland will focus on creating new smart Wi-Fi networks both for public spaces and for public transport services, which will attract a wide audience through easily accessible high quality Wi-Fi freemium services, a unique and exclusive product on the market.
“Cities and transport companies that introduce these networks will position themselves at the forefront of modern telecommunications and connectivity.”
In December last year, SapientNitro’s chief creative officer, Malcolm Pynton, said the creation of smart cities was “imperative” and the “disconnection” of cities must be tackled.