Sheffield Free WiFi launches in the city centre

21 June 2018

Sheffield BID, Sheffield City Council and Idaq Networks Ltd have announced the launch of free, high-speed Wi-Fi in Sheffield city centre.

Sheffield Free Wi-Fi will help Sheffield become one of the UK’s most connected cities and bridge the digital gap, helping those without access to the internet to get online. With Sheffield Free Wi-Fi now live, a number of projects which rely on an internet connection, can now begin.

Part of plans to encourage visitors, residents and employees to increase the amount of time they spend in the city centre, the network will make it easier for visitors to access real time information about the city centre, which in turn will drive footfall and support the high street’s economy.

The BID believes Sheffield Free Wi-Fi is highly valuable to the city centre, and lays the foundation to develop further digital projects to improve visitor experience in Sheffield.  

Sheffield Free Wi-Fi is provided by Idaq, which has installed ultrafast broadband equipment to council-owned street lights and street furniture. Idaq will also use the network to provide a range of exciting cutting edge ultrafast broadband products and services to the residents and businesses of Sheffield city centre.

The service will comply with the new General Data Protection Regulations giving users complete control over their personal data. Users can be confident that personally identifiable data needed to provide the service, will not be sold to third parties. It will be rolled out in four stages between June and November 2018.

Phase One will be the Theatre District/Retail Zone, including Fargate, The Moor, Tudor Square, Peace Gardens, and Pinstone Street and will go live from Wednesday 20 June 2018. 

The Entertainment Zone, featuring West Street, Division Street and Wellington Street will go live in July, whilst the Arrivals Zone, which covers the areas around the city centre’s main transport exchanges will go live by the end of September, and the final stage, the Cultural Industries and Devonshire Quarter, will be live by the end of November. 

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