FREE WiFi in Enniskillen town centre is centre is on its way – but perhaps not as quickly as first expected.
The WiFi was expected to be available in and around the town centre by the end of last year, but at this stage only 40% coverage is available according to a council spokesman.
The delay has been due to the council applying for funding, planning permission, including consultation for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) – and seeking permission from property owners in the area.
A council spokesman explained: “Planning permission has been secured and service agreements have been issued to the necessary property owners. When this process is complete the installation of WiFi equipment will commence. Once the installation process is complete, free WiFi will be available to members of the public in Enniskillen.”
Enniskillen Councillor Frank Britton welcomed the introduction of free WiFi. He said it is important for the county to ‘keep up with developing technology and communications networks’.
“I don’t know if it’ll attract people into the town itself. But it’s a great facility to have in any place,” he said. It keeps you connected, particularly for younger people who like to be connected all the time.
“They’ll probably feel more at home to be able to socialise almost on two levels at once. For the majority of people, it gives them access to locations – they can use Google maps to find their way.
“They can go onto sites of businesses or shops if they have a website and can get up to date info on what’s available.”
He went on: “I know if I was in Belfast and if I was using a smartphone it would help me navigate places I wanted to get to, give me info on transport or buses. For people using it all the time, they’ll be delighted that it’s available and free.”
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