Dundee’s waterfront gets 5G Wi-Fi network as part of £2m investment

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A free public Wi-Fi network has been launched at Dundee’s waterfront area, as part of a £2 million investment in future-proofing the city’s digital infrastructure.

The wider project at the waterfront is being delivered by Dundee City Council and a range of partners, including AWTG, Abertay University, the Scottish Futures Trust and Scotland 5G Centre.

The local authority said users of the free service – backed by a full fibre broadband network installed through the area – can expect ‘speedy’ connections for smartphones and other devices, with no time limits on usage.

The waterfront area includes landmarks such as the V&A, as well as Scotland’s first aqua urban park, an urban beach, and future builds including Dundee marina, an E-sports arena and Waterfront Place.

Dundee City Council’s convener of city development, councillor Mark Flynn, said, “This is another important milestone in the transformation of the central Waterfront area. The high-speed public Wi-Fi network has a whole host of uses, now and in the future, and I’m sure it will be welcomed by people who live and work in the area as well as the many visitors we host each year.

“This development is just part of our wider ambitions as a leading Digital City, including working with partners on next-generation fibre broadband accessible throughout the city.”

Professor Gregor White, dean of Abertay University’s school of design and informatics, added, “It’s great to see the public 5G Wi-Fi network going live in Dundee as we continue to progress work that will test the capabilities of the technology and its capacity to benefit the way we keep in touch, socialise and do business.

“The rollout of 5G is great for many of the tech companies in the city, and we are excited to be involved in research and development with businesses, while also offering a really valuable service for our local community and visitors to the city.”