Virgin Media to deliver "free superfast" public Wi-Fi in over 30 Dublin locations 4 weeks ago

Virgin Media to deliver "free superfast" public Wi-Fi in over 30 Dublin locations

The new Wi-Fi service will offer speeds of up to 500Mbps.

Virgin Media has announced it will be rolling out a new, fast and free public Wi-Fi service to over 30 locations in Dublin.

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The move is part of WiFi4EU, a European initiative promoting free access to Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens in public spaces throughout Europe.

According to the EU, these spaces could include parks, squares, public buildings, health centres and museums. The locations across Dublin where the service will be provided have yet to be announced.

When asked by JOE for further information on the locations, a Virgin Media spokesperson responded: "In summary, they will include community and training centres, senior citizen homes and additional outdoor facilities – expect more info to follow next month."

In order to bring the service to the capital, Virgin Media has announced a three-year partnership with Dublin City Council's Smart Dublin programme and says the move is "designed to enhance digital skills, literacy and accelerate innovation across the city".

The new Wi-Fi service will offer speeds of up to 500Mbps, helping to supercharge mobile internet browsing and data downloads for community centres and members of the public.

In a statement, Smart City Lead for Dublin City Council Jamie Cudden said: “This programme will support connectivity in areas of the city that need it most with a particular emphasis on strengthening community engagement and supporting wider digital innovation initiatives.”

Director of Business at Virgin Media Ireland Aidan D’Arcy added: “We are extremely excited to be selected by Dublin City Council to be the official provider of both the Wi-Fi and broadband infrastructure as part of the WiFi4EU initiative.

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"Our expertise in offering cutting-edge broadband speeds is playing a crucial role in enabling businesses, residents and visitors to stay connected, to keep trading, and to build vibrant and digitally inclusive communities going forward.”