18:26 30 January 2018
Free high-speed internet access in Southend is benefiting 15,000 new users so far. The new service, which is provided by IntechnologyWiFi, was launched in autumn after the firm won a 10-year concession with the local authority, Southend Council.
The free connectivity is expected to boost sales of local businesses as it helps shoppers decide which stores to visit to buy what they need.
Natalie Duffield, chief executive of IntechnologyWiFi, said: “Consumers use their mobiles as personal assistants when doing their shopping."
“They can quickly and easily connect to our free public WiFi network in Southend town centre. This digital upgrade to the high street will help retail and leisure businesses in their most important trading period.”
Coun Trevor Byford added: “I am delighted to hear that there has been such a positive response to the free public WiFi network, with over 15,000 users registering already.
“This great service, which is being delivered at no cost to the council or local taxpayer, is already improving the overall visitor experience to Southend High Street, central seafront and Pier, Leigh Broadway and Hamlet Court Road. I hope that local people and visitors continue to make good use of it when they are in the area and we can add to the 15,000 in the New Year.”
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