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McCausland’s Wi-Fi boost for Holywood

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced the introduction of free Wi-Fi in Holywood town centre and extended provision in Bangor.
Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Bangor became the first town in Northern Ireland to offer free Wi-Fi to the public in 2012. This further extension of Wi-Fi provision in the North Down Borough Council area cost a total investment of £26,975 of which DSD is contributing £22,475 and Council £4,500.

Making the announcement, Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland said: “The provision of easy access to digital technology is at the centre of the future development of all our towns and cities. I am pleased to announce the introduction of free Wi-Fi in Holywood town centre for the first time and the extension of the area covered in Bangor.

“In Bangor this service has proved a popular and successful way for local traders to promote their goods and services and for shoppers to seek out the best offers. The availability of free Wi-Fi will compliment redevelopment work at Queens Parade and other major public realm schemes planned for Bangor and Holywood next year. I am confident that the success of this project will be replicated in Holywood.”

Commenting on the new Wi-Fi provision, Principal project officer at North Down Borough Council, David Shivers said: “This project is a great opportunity to capitalise on the very successful pilot Wi-Fi project in Bangor, giving residents visitors and businesses access to free Wi-Fi in the core commercial area, and hopefully will be utilised to enhance on-line offerings.”

Notes to editors:

  1. 1. Free Wi-Fi for Holywood will cover: High street, Shore Road, Church Road, Hibernia Street, Redburn Square and Sullivan Place. Bangor free Wi-Fi covers: Quay Street, Queen’s Parade, Market Street, Central Avenue, King Street and Dufferin Avenue.
  2. 2. All media queries to DSD Communications Team on 028 9082 9233. Out of office hours, please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.