Sheffield Free WiFi Day
Sheffield Free WiFi to go live across the city centre on World WiFi Day.
15:50 27 June 2018
Sheffield’s first-ever free high-speed WiFi has been launched across the city centre in conjunction with World Wi-Fi day. The service was made possible by Idaq Networks, a Sheffield-based company that installed 220 pieces of superfast and ultrafast broadband equipment to council-owned streetlights and street furniture. The first phase of the project brings fast, reliable Wi-Fi connection to theatre and retail districts. The council plans to roll out the service throughout the city centre by November 2018.
Councillor Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for business and investment, said: “It is fitting that we are launching the city’s first free Wi-Fi on World Wi-Fi Day. Having this provision means that we can attract more businesses and visitors into our brilliant and thriving city centre with a wi-fi provision that is better than many other core cities.
“This announcement will help Sheffield to fulfil its digital ambitions. We are already the city with the most rapidly growing digital sector and now we are on the verge of having a free city wi-fi package that will benefit businesses, visitors and residents alike.”
Mark Roebuck, Director of IDAQ Networks Ltd, said: “This year has been very exciting for us as well as being very demanding.
“We are pleased to have built Phase 1 of what we believe will be the biggest and most comprehensive city Wi-Fi project in the UK. We are now working on the roll out of the remainder of the project. I hope people enjoy using the free service and that it delivers increased opportunities to the people and businesses in the city centre.”