To date, Magnet Networks has installed wi-fi in nine large cities and towns:
Thanks to the EU’s ‘WiFi4EU’ initiative, local authorities around Ireland have secured significant funding to help finance the installation of wi-fi hotspots in public spaces. These include parks, squares, public buildings, libraries, health centres and museums.
In each, public users enjoy up to a10Mbps of connectivity via a simple-to-use Access Point.
At the same time, local authorities gain revenue from advertising and actionable insights from powerful analytics.
Powered by local commitment
While free wi-fi is a subsidised service, local commitment and investment is essential to its success. Experience shows that the service must be actively promoted locally to ensure that its availability becomes engrained in the minds of local people and visitors.
Making free wi-fi a reality in Galway
See how the service has brought free Wi-Fi to Galway city centre, in both Irish and English.
Regional Sales Director Phil Clapperton introduces Galway Free Wi-Fi:
How Galway Free Wi-Fi now offers a bilingual service:
Thanks to Magnet Networks, over 30,000 visitors to Galway city centre now make use of free wi-fi each month. Working with Galway city council, 33 access points have been installed to ensure a consistent, GDPR-compliant service that can be accessed 24 hours a day. The service is even bilingual, recognising the importance of the Irish language in the region.
Driving better policymaking
The council now has a constant source of information about how people move around the city centre. This gives stakeholders including traffic managers, event managers and the Gardai a far clearer idea of how and when the city’s spaces are used. Armed with these insights, resources can be allocated more efficiently and economically. View in Action
A source of revenue
Galway City Council now works with the Galway Advertiser to use the wi-fi access screen as a valuable advertising medium for local businesses. This is a genuine win-win: not only is Galway free wi-fi a useful source of revenue for the council, it also allows businesses a chance to reach people in their immediate vicinity.