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First Phase of £1m Renfrewshire Public Wi-Fi Project Complete

Boston Networks has completed the first phase of a £1 million project to deliver world class public Wi-Fi connectivity for Renfrewshire Council and its partners.

The initial phase of the 4-year framework encompassed the design and delivery of high speed, resilient Wi-Fi connectivity to 25 public and community buildings throughout Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew.

The Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley Museum and Town Hall and In Cube stores are among the first places to benefit from the unlimited high performance, reliable and secure Wi-Fi service.

Commenting on the project progress, Renfrewshire Council Depute Leader, Jim Paterson, said:
“Existing Wi-Fi hotspots in public buildings have been upgraded by new service provider, Boston Networks, paving the way for further expansion into multiple indoor and outdoor locations”.

“People in public buildings – including libraries and town halls – are now able to enjoy a faster Wi-Fi service, with no need to register.”

“The project is an important part of the Council’s Digital Strategy as it is going to help tackle digital exclusion and provide people with the opportunity to reach their digital potential.”

During the next phase of the project, high speed, widespread Wi-Fi will be rolled out throughout Johnstone town centre, where from December, visitors, residents and workers will benefit from free wireless connectivity.

Paisley’s reputation as a student-friendly town will be further enhanced when Eduroam is introduced during the next phase of the Wi-Fi expansion. Eduroam is a world-wide education roaming service which enables students to access educational resources stored securely on internal networks – via tens of thousands of hot spots around the world.

The roll out will see Paisley become one of the first towns in the UK to provide this facility when launched in 2018.

Boston Networks Chief Executive, Scott McEwan, commented:
“We’re thrilled to complete the first phase of the contract to deliver robust and high-speed Wi-Fi access to public buildings across Renfrewshire. The project is a fantastic example of how effective digital public services can be used to improve digital inclusion and participation and drive economic growth”.

“By working closely with Renfrewshire Council, we’re now on track to deliver the next project milestone, which will see public Wi-Fi rolled out to offer free internet access in Johnstone, ahead of schedule.”.

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