Wi-Fi to be made publicly available in Southampton city centre

August 31, 2013 by  

Southampton is set to embrace the digital revolution thanks to a programme that will see free Wi-Fi rolled out across the city centre.

The initiative is being implemented by communications provider Arqiva and will see much of the city centre’s infrastructure – such as streetlights – being turned into free-to-access wireless hotspots. This new project will allow the area’s residents to stay connected to the internet whilst out and about, using devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets.

Commenting on the project, the leader of Southampton city council, Simon Letts, said:

“I’m delighted that Southampton is well on the way to becoming a leading digital city with residents and visitors soon able to have free access to the internet in a range of locations.

“There are a great many potential social and economic benefits to the city in providing such a service, and it aligns with our priority to promote Southampton and attract investment.”

The implementation will require a degree of communication to local people informing them how they can use the system and how they can get the most out of it. Similar schemes in other parts of the UK have managed to get the necessary messages across using leaflets and posters and printing companies in Southampton could certainly provide these products to help Arqiva’s project to run smoothly.

While no date has been given, the council is expecting the access to be available before the end of the year.