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Best Practice:
Wireless City
Digital Agenda Category:
Research & Innovation
Operational in Current Region
Producing Project:
Implementing Region:
Derry & Strabane
Implementing Organisation:
Derry City Council
The Wireless City project was a major initiative (the first of its kind in the UK and Ireland) aimed at stimulating the creation of a market for broadband services within the learning, government and visitor/tourism sectors in the Derry City Council area.  

It was developed by a consortium of development partners from the city, including the University of Ulster (UU) Magee, North West Regional College (NWRC), Derry City Council (DCC) and ERNACT. 

The project was based upon the exploitation of the rapidly maturing wireless/mobile networking sector and end-user access device technologies and designed around the affordable unlicensed Wi-Fi networking standard.  The project had three distinct elements – Wireless Council, Wireless Campus and Wireless Walls. The cost across the three project elements was £1.62M between 2003-5. 

Main Objectives of the Wireless City Project:
  • Transformation of Derry into a high profile wireless centre of excellence 
  • Enhance the technological knowledge base of local business (Wireless Campus)
  • Increased tourist activity and economic benefit through a publicly owned wireless network around the historic city core (Wireless Walls)
  • Divert Council staff resource from admin duties to higher value activity to enhance effectiveness and value for money (Wireless Council)
  • Increase the skills base in wireless technology and enhance learning through wireless technology (Wireless Campus)
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