Council expands free public wifi


City centre residents will be able to access free super fast wifi on the go in dozens more locations following city council investment.

Following £3.63m funding from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Manchester City Council are expanding access to superfast broadband wifi to council buildings across the city. Under the name _BusyBeeMcr, wifi will be available in 120 buildings from 26th March.

Funding from BDUK will also fund wifi access on all trams and in the metro-shuttles.

Manchester’s existing on-street wifi, _FreeBeeMcr, will also be available in many more city centre streets and locations, as well as a few districts centres and the area around the main Universities campus along Oxford Road. An additional 90 access points takes Manchester’s on-street network to over 260 access points across the city, the largest on street network in the UK. This is part of the rolling expansion programme with wifi provider Arqiva.

City centre buildings included in the rollout include City Art Gallery, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Aquatics Centre, the Mechanics Institute and Manchester Town Hall. Central Library already has free wifi access.

Cllr Kevin Peel said:

"We really welcome the expansion of the free wifi network, making Manchester the best connected city in the UK. Alongside our continuing work to rollout access to hyper-fast fibre optic broadband to residential properties in the city centre, this really gives Manchester residents excellent internet coverage."

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