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Free Wi-Fi to launch across Tameside
Monday 7th August 2017 @ 08:30 by Adam Higgins
News Tameside

Stickers are visible all across the borough – but today (Monday) sees Tameside’s free town-centre SWIFT Wi-Fi service officially launch.

Cllr Kieran Quinn, the executive leader of Tameside Council, will be joined at Ashton Old Baths by Cllr Jim Fitzpatrick, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for information and communications technology; Dean Cookson from Purple Wi-Fi and Mark Maden, managing director of Network Correct.

The project, which fulfils the council’s Get Connected promise – one of its 16 pledges for 2016, puts Tameside at the forefront of digital roll-out in Greater Manchester and the North West.

Cllr Quinn said: “By making free Wi-Fi available to our residents and visitors, we are demonstrating our commitment to keeping our promises, and to creating an environment which make it possible for the borough to prosper in the 21st century.

“The whole of Tameside will benefit from this. Free Wi-Fi won’t simply attract people into our town centres, it will act as a catalyst to get them to stay longer. By doing so they will make more use of our shops and services, providing a fillip for the local economy.”

SWIFT Wi-Fi is an open service with no limits on downloads or streaming. Access operates under the same policies as in Tameside’s libraries and so it will be completely safe for young people to use.

Each town centre will have at least three points relaying a Wi-Fi signal transmitted from council buildings.

Ashton and Dukinfield will also benefit from dark fibre broadband, installed at Ashton Old Baths during its conversion to a digital media hub. Dark fibre offers the highest speeds and reliability in the UK.

Access to the free town-centre Wi-Fi is fast and simple. Logging-in can be done via Twitter, Facebook or as a guest. Once completed people will be automatically connected as they move about the borough.