Free high-speed Wi-Fi rolled out across Limerick city

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Free high-speed Wi-Fi rolled out across Limerick city

FREE high-speed Wi-Fi has been made available across Limerick city centre.

The scheme, which has  been rolled out by Limerick City and County Council, covers the city centre along both sides of the River Shannon from the Shannon Bridge to Sarsfield Bridge, as well as the surrounding streets.

Arthur’s Quay, Cruises Street, parts of O’Connell Street, the People’s Park and Colbert Station are also covered.

The project is the first of its kind in Ireland and Limerick City and County Council is the only local authority to use its own fibre network for the free Wi-Fi access.

The council has located the access points on publicly owned infrastructure across the city centre.

"Whereas projects in other cities and towns across Ireland have installed access points in business premises, we have utilised public lighting poles and council-owned infrastructure and buildings to locate the access points for the high speed Wi-Fi. This process also means that the area covered can quickly be expanded as it will eliminate the need to negotiate with business owners to use their premises as access points,” said Jim Dore, Head of ICT with Limerick City and County Council.

The free public Wi-Fi adds further momentum to Limerick’s ‘Smart City’ programme, which is seeing the implementation of a range of digital technologies with a view to improving quality of life, empowering communities and enabling economic growth.

"The provision of the free Wi-Fi further underpins Limerick’s credentials as a visitor, customer and business friendly city. Every initiative that assists our customers, clients and visitors is to be welcomed.  The Wi-Fi will also means there is internet access for those who otherwise may not be able to afford it," said Cllr Stephen Keary, Mayor of the city and county of Limerick. 

Following the roll-out of the pilot scheme in the city, the local authority says it will investigate the expansion of the scheme  elsewhere in the city and in county towns during 2018. 

When users sign up to Limerick.ie free wifi, they will be redirected to the Limerick.ie website.

Surfing is secure as traffic goes through the council’s own firewall.