MORE than 45 buildings in Portsmouth will be transformed into free wi-fi hotspots, it was announced today.
It is part of the government’s plans to see more than 1,000 public buildings in cities across the UK offering free wireless internet.
Residents and visitors in the city will be able to connect at locations such as the International Ferry Port, libraries, community centres and museums. These buildings will join the Somerstown hub, which is already providing free wi-fi.
Stewart Dunn, chief executive of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce said: ‘Hampshire Chamber of Commerce welcomes the free wi-fi hot spots initiative in public buildings to connect cities for business across the UK and in particular Portsmouth.
‘The requirement for those in business to keep connectivity with their clients and colleagues is essential in keeping up productivity.
‘It remains however that ultra fast broadband roll out to business premises must remain a priority if the UK is to remain serious and competitive in business today.’
Kevin Briscoe, chairman of the Portsmouth Area Committee of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, added: ‘We welcome this announcement today. The need for businesses and their customers to stay connected while on the move is essential and the creation of these free wi-fi hotspots throughout Portsmouth will enable that.
‘Our ambition to see Portsmouth as a super-connected city which will attract new business is a step further forward with this announcement.’
The programme is part of a £150m investment to transform the digital capability of UK cities.
Over the coming months, libraries, museums, civic centres, transport hubs, sporting complexes and other buildings around the UK will begin to offer free wi-fi.
A full list of the locations is published on the right.
Some have already gone live, and the remainder are all on track to be up and running as soon as March 2015.
Digital economy minister Ed Vaizey said: ‘The digital landscape of the UK is undergoing a period of tremendous improvement which is all part of the government’s long term economic plan.
‘I’m delighted this government scheme is on track.
‘These free hotspots will be instrumental in making UK cities even more attractive as places to not only do business, but to visit as well.’
Civic Offices Reception
Continental Ferry Port
Buckland Housing Office
Somerstown Housing Office
Landport Housing Office
Leigh Park Housing Office
Paulsgrove Housing Office
Wecock Farm Housing Office
Tipner Park and Ride Building
Charles Dickens, Beddow Library, Carnegie Library, Central Library, Cosham Library, Southsea Library, North End Library, Paulsgrove Library & Alderman Lacey Library
Anchorage Lodge Community Centre
Baffins Community Centre
Buckland Community Centre
Cosham Community Centre
Eastney Community Centre
Fratton Community Centre
Havelock Community Centre
Highbury Community Centre
MIlton Community Centre
Paulsgrove Community Centre
Stacey Community Centre
Stamshaw & Tipner Community Centre
Brunel Centre Community Centre
Hillside & Wymering Community Centre
The Learning Place
John Pounds Community Centre