27th May 2021: Virgin Media Business has activated its next generation wireless infrastructure to deliver a major boost to over 30 locations in Dublin with the roll-out of a new, fast public Wi-Fi service as part of WiFi4EU, which is connecting communities across the city. Under a 3-year partnership with Dublin City Council’s Smart Dublin programme, this initiative is designed to enhance digital skills, literacy and accelerate innovation across the city. Funded through the EU & Department of Rural and Community Development, the WiFi4EU programme is part of a €120 million European-wide plan to provide communities with better Wi-Fi connectivity in public spaces and places.
The new free-to-use public Wi-Fi service will offer speeds of up to 500Mbps, helping to supercharge mobile internet browsing and data downloads for community centres and members of the public.
Jamie Cudden, Smart City Lead for Dublin City Council said: “We are delighted to partner with Virgin Media Business to deliver public Wi-Fi services across the city under the WiFi4EU programme. This programme will support connectivity in areas of the city that need it most with a particular emphasis on strengthening community engagement and supporting wider digital innovation initiatives.”
Aidan D’Arcy, Director of Business at Virgin Media Ireland said: “We are extremely excited to be selected by Dublin City Council to be the official provider of both the Wi-Fi and broadband infrastructure as part of the WiFi4EU initiative. Our expertise in offering cutting-edge broadband speeds is playing a crucial role in enabling businesses, residents and visitors to stay connected, to keep trading, and to build vibrant and digitally inclusive communities going forward.”