Dublin City to launch 12 free Wi-Fi hotspots tomorrow

30 Jan 2013

A free Wi-Fi initiative will start to roll out for Dublin City dwellers tomorrow, as Dublin City Council is launching 12 free Wi-Fi hotspots, including along Grafton Street, in Merrion Square and in Smithfield.

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Mr Naoise Ó Muirí will be launching the free Wi-Fi initiative at Barnardos Square, plus there will also be a live tweet-up at City Hall at 11.30am where people will be able to try out the free Wi-Fi.

In total, people will be able to log onto the internet for free in 12 locations around the city.

The locations are Smithfield, Temple Bar Square, Wolf Tone Square, St Patrick’s Park, Henry Street, Grafton Street, Merrion Square, Clarendon Street, Barnardos Square, the frontage to the Convention Centre, O’Connell Street Plaza/GPO and outside Dublin City Council on Wood Quay.

The first phase of the Wi-Fi rollout will be from Wood Quay to St Patrick’s Park and Barnardos Square. The rest of the Wi-Fi hotspots will be rolled out during February.

The free Wi-Fi service is being provided to Dublin City Council by Spanish technology company Gowex. It will be available 24/7 at a speed of 512kbps, according to the company. Those who wish to use the free Wi-Fi will have to register with Gowex.

View of a mosaic tile advertising the free Wi-Fi being placed on a Dublin City building. Credit: @DigiDublin

A mosaic tile advertising the free Wi-Fi is placed on a Dublin City building. Credit: @DigiDublin

In a creative twist, the signage for the free Wi-Fi will be on mosaic tiles that are being placed on buildings. The tiles will feature 14 different characters including a Viking, a tourist, a pyjama girl, a GAA man and a busker.

The website featuring more information about the initiative will go live from 10am this morning.

Dublin free Wi-Fi

Map of the free Wi-Fi rollout in Dublin

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic