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  • Northside East

Free town Wi-Fi for Balbriggan 

Friday, 19th April, 2019 1:00pm
Free town  Wi-Fi for Balbriggan 

Pictured at the launch were Back (l-r) Cllr Grainne Maguire (Ind), Nikki Halleran, Fingal County County, Cllr Tony Murphy (Ind), Cllr Malachy Quinn (SF), Margaret Geraghty, Fingal County Council; and front (l-r) Philip Clapperton, Sales Director, Magnet Networks, Paul Reid, Fingal County Council chi

Free town  Wi-Fi for Balbriggan 

Pictured at the launch were Back (l-r) Cllr Grainne Maguire (Ind), Nikki Halleran, Fingal County County, Cllr Tony Murphy (Ind), Cllr Malachy Quinn (SF), Margaret Geraghty, Fingal County Council; and front (l-r) Philip Clapperton, Sales Director, Magnet Networks, Paul Reid, Fingal County Council chi

BALBRIGGAN has become the first location on the east coast to launch free high-speed public Wi-Fi.

Powered by Magnet Networks, Our Balbriggan Free Town Wi-Fi is the latest step in the transformation programme which is set to change the face of Ireland’s youngest town.

Balbriggan’s town centre will become a free public Wi-Fi zone thanks to a unique initiative that provides locals and visitors with unlimited access to speeds of up to 100mps and could position the town at the forefront of smart technology.

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Anthony Lavin, officially launched the groundbreaking scheme at the Bracken Court Hotel.  

Local businesses along the route have allowed Magnet Networks to install access points on their premises, providing seamless connectivity within the town centre.

Each Our Balbriggan Free Town Wi-Fi access point can handle 250 simultaneous connections, providing a quality service to pedestrians and businesses within the town centre.

There are no limits as to time or data usage and the service also has web filtering for secure access.

Magnet Networks Managing Director Ireland, Stephen Brewer, said: “The beauty of Magnet Networks’ free Wi-Fi is that you only need to register once, so business visitors and tourists will automatically enjoy free connectivity for their entire stay.  

“As the project is financed by giving local businesses the opportunity to sponsor the Wi-Fi and send promotional offers, local users and visitors can be directed to attractions or places to eat and drink.

“For example, if a local restaurant sponsors the Wi-Fi, they are able to send out a coupon at a set time to everyone who has logged on that day giving them 10 percent off.”

The launch forms part of the council’s wider Public Wi-Fi Plan which sees the rollout of free public Wi-Fi hotspots to town and village centres across the county.

The plan also sees the rollout of the Smart Bench pilot – supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

A number of solar powered, Wi-Fi enabled benches with wireless charging facilities and environmental sensors will be deployed at a number of locations across the county, the first of which have been deployed in Balbriggan.

Prof Brian MacCraith, Chair of the Balbriggan Leadership Group, said  the installation of town centre Wi-Fi is the first step in transforming the retail and cultural heart of Balbriggan.

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