More than 3.7 million people visit Newcastle’s public buildings every year. With the growing need to be online, the council set up the Go Digital project — their answer to keeping Newcastle connected. As part of the plan, BT are installing wi-fi over a two-phase process. Soon people across the city will be able to get online securely, quickly and for free.
We all lead busy lives and whether we want to check emails, book transport or get in touch with friends, there’s an ever-increasing need to be online. Newcastle Council recognised this and made internet access a priority. They introduced the Go Digital programme, initially with superfast broadband across the city, and now the council are working with BT provide public spaces with fast, free wi-fi — and the first phase is already completed.
Millions of people visit Newcastle’s museums, libraries and civic buildings each year, and even more shop in the city centre; this footfall makes these spaces prime connectivity spots. It’s estimated that by 2018 there will be 1.4 smart devices per person worldwide* and they’ll all want wi-fi at their fingertips.
BT Wi-fi have a five-year contract with Newcastle Council, funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as part of the Government’s national wi-fi programme. We’re providing a fully managed network, installing and operating the service — and there’s a 24/7 Freephone support desk.
Whether living, working, shopping or visiting the city, getting online has never been easier. With BT Wi-fi’s installation people can connect to GoDigital_WiFi for free, simply by accepting the T&Cs — once okayed smart devices will automatically connect every time thereafter.
This future-forward partnership with BT Wi-fi has put Newcastle on the digital map and shows just how tuned in the council are to its people’s and visitor’s needs.
* Go Digital Newcastle, October 2015