Derry and Strabane, a good example of a super connected city

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19 April 2017 - DIGITAL REGIONS  project
Derry City and Strabane District Council (Northern Ireland), one of the Core ERNACT Regions, is testing the advantages and benefits that a super connected city can offer to its residents and visitors. Nowadays, over 60 buildings through Derry City and Strabane District are providing free public Wi-Fi service following the successful roll out of Council’s new ‘Public Building Wi-Fi Project’, which was provided with the support from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s Urban Broadband Fund as part of the national Super Connected Cities campaign. 

It is remarkable that this service is provided in addition to the Wireless City public wi-fi service, available across both Derry City and Strabane. It also offers the opportunity to get connected and access and share information about the city. Furthermore, citizens can benefit from quicker and more reliable online transactions, uninterrupted streaming of video and improved live television viewing, free phone calls on the internet, improved access to education tools or improved home working connection.

Where is the Wi-Fi available?
The Public Wi-Fi Project is available at many of the city’s busiest buildings including the Guildhall, Council Offices, the Alley Theatre or Melvin Sports Centre. 

The initiative is geared towards increasing digital engagement and energising cultural and economic activity within the city and it is available for free public use, with the benefits of being easy to connect, filtered for user protection and scalable for future expansion. Moreover, the scheme allows people to enjoy one hour of free browsing per session, which means anyone with a phone, laptop or tablet just has to register to get instantly connected.

Which are the benefits of super connectivity for one city?
After their experience, the Core ERNACT Region highlights the following benefits:
  • increased productivity and competitiveness
  • improved access to information and facilitation of innovation
  • creation of platforms for business-to-business collaboration 
  • improved access to markets and opportunities worldwide 
  • provision of opportunities for businesses to become producers of ultrafast-enabled content and applications 
  • development of the knowledge-based economy 
  • increased flexible working and reducing business travel and commuting 
  • improved access to education and training. 

If you wish to read more about this public service, don’t hesitate to visit Derry City & Strabane District Council’s website for further details.  

Click here to email  Ianire Renobales at ERNACT for further information

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