Free high speed Wi-Fi has been introduced to Limerick city centre with plans to investigate the rollout of the scheme elsewhere in the city and county towns in 2018.
Implemented by Limerick City and County Council, the pilot Limerick.ie free Wi-Fi initiative is the first of its kind across Ireland.
This innovative scheme provides Wi-Fi access within the city centre area along both sides of the River Shannon from Shannon Bridge to Sarsfield Bridge and surrounding streets.
Arthurs Quay, Cruises Street, sections of O’Connell Street, the People’s Park and Colbert Station Plaza are also covered.
The Council has become the only local authority to use its own fibre network for the free Wi-Fi availability and has located access points on publicly owned infrastructure in Limerick city centre.
Head of ICT with the Council, Jim Dore said:
“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 by the Limerick.ie free Wi-Fi can quickly be expanded as it will eliminate the need to negotiate with business owners to use their premises as access points.”
The project 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.
When users sign up to Limerick.ie free Wi-Fi, they will be redirected to the Limerick.ie website.
In addition, users of the new service do not have to fret about data security as all traffic is routed through the Council’s own firewall.
Mayor of the city and county of Limerick, Cllr Stephen Keary, said:
“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 mean there is internet access for those who otherwise may not be able to afford it. The new service will also boost Limerick’s position as a smart city.”