Dundee Waterfront and city centre to offer free Wi-Fi

Free public Wi-Fi will be on offer in Dundee from 2018, it has been confirmed.

The first phase of the new initiative, similar to those already in operation in Edinburgh and Glasgow, will cover the new Waterfront and should be ready for the opening of the V&A museum.

The free service will then be extended to the city square and centre in 2019.

Dundee City Council will fund the service as part of their 10-year Capital Investment Strategy.

Nearly £350 million will be invested in the plan which will cover the free Wi-Fi and a number of other policy areas including children and families, healthcare and wellbeing and community safety and justice.

Council leader John Alexander said: “This strategy is a clear outline of the ambition we have for Dundee and illustrates how hard we are working to realise it.

“We are maintaining the regeneration of the city and ensuring that all of our pupils are learning in quality surroundings.

“There are a number of aspirations through the Tay Cities deal that the wider partnership of the area want to realise because they are hugely exciting and will help to accelerate the momentum that has been built up.

“We are also thinking innovatively about strengthening the city’s infrastructure for years to come, and this will include the delivery of Wi-Fi and 5G readiness in the central Waterfront with the Scottish Futures Trust.

“We are absolutely determined to build a fairer and smarter city for the future and take on the challenges that exist for the benefit of our people.”

The news has been welcomed by city councillor Fraser McPherson, who has called for free public Wi-Fi from the beginning.

He said: “Going back as far as 2014, I highlighted the need for Dundee to progress free public wi-fi for the City Centre.

“It is reassuring that this is now real progress to deliver a free Wi-Fi offering for the Waterfront area and parts of Dundee City Centre.

“We need momentum behind this and delivery of free public Wi-Fi for Dundee in the timescales being targeted. I have asked if, after the initial 2018/19 rollout takes place, an extension to cover other parts of the City Centre east of the City Square can be considered.

“Other cities in Scotland that are smaller than Dundee have made faster progress and it is therefore vital there is delivery of this for our city centre and Waterfront as soon as possible.

“We should also be looking proactively at free Wi-Fi offerings for our bigger district shopping centres, like Perth Road, Broughty Ferry and Lochee as examples.”