Free city-wide wi-fi in Southampton through lamp posts

Daily Echo: Free city-wide wi-fi in Southampton through lamp posts Free city-wide wi-fi in Southampton through lamp posts

LAMP-posts across Southampton will soon provide free wireless Internet.

The project to install the innovative technology in the city’s street furniture has now begun.

Council chiefs have officially signed off the deal allowing telecommunications firm Arqiva to get to work.

At an event yesterday, Labour council leader Simon Letts and chief executive Dawn Baxendale signed the agreement with Arqiva’s director of Wi-Fi and small cells, Philip Congdon.

The Labour city council Cabinet approved the plans last year.

The city centre will be the area to benefit from the move, alongside other areas which experience high footfall levels, such as the waterfront.

When installed, it means residents and visitors alike will be able to access websites which could help with their travel plans or shopping requirements.

Wi-Fi will be free for the first 30 minutes of use each day, with a charge applying afterwards.

Civic chiefs in Southampton have voted to adopt the plan after seeing Arqiva implement it in Manchester city centre.

Other towns and areas, such as Swindon and Lincolnshire, already have Wi-fi lamp-posts.

The project will not cost the council, and will provide a small income with a 20 per cent share of revenue generated by Arqiva in Southampton going to the authority.

City leisure and economic development chief Matt Tucker said: “This is all about making Wi-Fi more accessible for visitors and residents.

“As soon as people come into the areas with Wi-Fi they can log in and explore the city and interact with various events.

“And if they don’t have phones they can access it on, they can use one of the BT phone boxes which have shot up around the city centre.”

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6:33am Sun 16 Feb 14

Lockssmart says...

Great. Free **** at last!
Great. Free **** at last! Lockssmart

8:05am Sun 16 Feb 14

localnews says...

Wi-Fi will be free for the first 30 minutes of use each day, with a charge applying afterwards.

So not really free then
Wi-Fi will be free for the first 30 minutes of use each day, with a charge applying afterwards. So not really free then localnews

8:49am Sun 16 Feb 14

Dave Juson says...

Great news.
In a matter of seconds anybody with a pay-as-you-go smartphone wanting a good read over a coffee, sandwich, pint etc can locate a cafe or hostelry with free wi-fi.
Or, if we ever get a summer, check their e-mails sitting in one of our beautiful parks.
Great news. In a matter of seconds anybody with a pay-as-you-go smartphone wanting a good read over a coffee, sandwich, pint etc can locate a cafe or hostelry with free wi-fi. Or, if we ever get a summer, check their e-mails sitting in one of our beautiful parks. Dave Juson

9:07am Sun 16 Feb 14

Lockssmart says...

localnews wrote:
Wi-Fi will be free for the first 30 minutes of use each day, with a charge applying afterwards.

So not really free then
I'm easily done within 5 mins, so no worry about the charge.
[quote][p][bold]localnews[/bold] wrote: Wi-Fi will be free for the first 30 minutes of use each day, with a charge applying afterwards. So not really free then[/p][/quote]I'm easily done within 5 mins, so no worry about the charge. Lockssmart

9:10am Sun 16 Feb 14

thesouth says...

localnews wrote:
Wi-Fi will be free for the first 30 minutes of use each day, with a charge applying afterwards.

So not really free then
No pleasing some. Greedy world
[quote][p][bold]localnews[/bold] wrote: Wi-Fi will be free for the first 30 minutes of use each day, with a charge applying afterwards. So not really free then[/p][/quote]No pleasing some. Greedy world thesouth

9:10am Sun 16 Feb 14

sotongirlie says...

Where did the money come for this?
Where did the money come for this? sotongirlie

10:01am Sun 16 Feb 14

keven says...

sotongirlie wrote:
Where did the money come for this?
its not costing Southampton city council anything as Arqiva is paying for it and council will make money. this is great news for Southampton
[quote][p][bold]sotongirlie[/bold] wrote: Where did the money come for this?[/p][/quote]its not costing Southampton city council anything as Arqiva is paying for it and council will make money. this is great news for Southampton keven

10:12am Sun 16 Feb 14

10 Minute Man says...

I'm not saying that some third party *should* come and pay for all this but is the description of 'free' really true ? Is Arqiva paying for the electricity and for the installation and maintenance of the 'street furniture' like lamp-posts. And how will they treat the data they process from Southampton's residents ? Many of the 'free' providers indicate they can hoover up and use absolutely anything you send over their network, so they can sell it on to the highest bidder.

In any case, I think this is a bit late, now that more and more people have mobile data access through their phone providers, and lots of cafes etc have free wifi. It would have been revolutionary 10 years ago, but now ? Meh...
I'm not saying that some third party *should* come and pay for all this but is the description of 'free' really true ? Is Arqiva paying for the electricity and for the installation and maintenance of the 'street furniture' like lamp-posts. And how will they treat the data they process from Southampton's residents ? Many of the 'free' providers indicate they can hoover up and use absolutely anything you send over their network, so they can sell it on to the highest bidder. In any case, I think this is a bit late, now that more and more people have mobile data access through their phone providers, and lots of cafes etc have free wifi. It would have been revolutionary 10 years ago, but now ? Meh... 10 Minute Man

10:48am Sun 16 Feb 14

Milly2206 says...

How much is this costing the Council? Is this totally necessary? They are facing the biggest budget cuts ever, jobs are at risk, surely the money could be better spent??
How much is this costing the Council? Is this totally necessary? They are facing the biggest budget cuts ever, jobs are at risk, surely the money could be better spent?? Milly2206

12:42pm Sun 16 Feb 14

sotonbusdriver says...

Lockssmart wrote:
localnews wrote:
Wi-Fi will be free for the first 30 minutes of use each day, with a charge applying afterwards.

So not really free then
I'm easily done within 5 mins, so no worry about the charge.
Assuming you will use your email address, and create an account to get free 30 mins,,, I wonder if creating multiple accounts with a number of email address would give you 30mins on each...
It works on other networks where you are limited, just create a new account with a new email address.. so you can keep surfing by swapping accounts
[quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]localnews[/bold] wrote: Wi-Fi will be free for the first 30 minutes of use each day, with a charge applying afterwards. So not really free then[/p][/quote]I'm easily done within 5 mins, so no worry about the charge.[/p][/quote]Assuming you will use your email address, and create an account to get free 30 mins,,, I wonder if creating multiple accounts with a number of email address would give you 30mins on each... It works on other networks where you are limited, just create a new account with a new email address.. so you can keep surfing by swapping accounts sotonbusdriver

1:56pm Sun 16 Feb 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

Milly2206 wrote:
How much is this costing the Council? Is this totally necessary? They are facing the biggest budget cuts ever, jobs are at risk, surely the money could be better spent??
Couldn't be bothered to read the article fully then?
[quote][p][bold]Milly2206[/bold] wrote: How much is this costing the Council? Is this totally necessary? They are facing the biggest budget cuts ever, jobs are at risk, surely the money could be better spent??[/p][/quote]Couldn't be bothered to read the article fully then? 100%HANTSBOY

2:30pm Sun 16 Feb 14

espanuel says...

I can just see the dogs p**ing up the lamp posts because they cant log in.
I can just see the dogs p**ing up the lamp posts because they cant log in. espanuel

2:34pm Sun 16 Feb 14

IronLady2010 says...

This is a great idea. With so many people now using tablets and phones with apps. Visitors can now locate the restaurant or car park etc they require for free.

The Council stands to make a small profit and visitors get 30 minutes free.

Surely it's win win all round?
This is a great idea. With so many people now using tablets and phones with apps. Visitors can now locate the restaurant or car park etc they require for free. The Council stands to make a small profit and visitors get 30 minutes free. Surely it's win win all round? IronLady2010

4:10pm Sun 16 Feb 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

It's hard to see a downside to this. But disappointing that so many posters come on and try to do exactly that, some of whom clearly haven't even read the article. Come on everyone! Let's try and see the more positive side of things for once.
It's hard to see a downside to this. But disappointing that so many posters come on and try to do exactly that, some of whom clearly haven't even read the article. Come on everyone! Let's try and see the more positive side of things for once. WalkingOnAWire

5:17pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Woolston woman Jane says...

WalkingOnAWire wrote:
It's hard to see a downside to this. But disappointing that so many posters come on and try to do exactly that, some of whom clearly haven't even read the article. Come on everyone! Let's try and see the more positive side of things for once.
Hear hear! There's not much to be happy about so a bit of good news makes a nice change. It'll be great for visitors. And we need visitors. On a related topic, where is that silvery rhino "Glint" that the council bought at auction last year? I seem to have missed what happened there....but then, I don't get out much.
[quote][p][bold]WalkingOnAWire[/bold] wrote: It's hard to see a downside to this. But disappointing that so many posters come on and try to do exactly that, some of whom clearly haven't even read the article. Come on everyone! Let's try and see the more positive side of things for once.[/p][/quote]Hear hear! There's not much to be happy about so a bit of good news makes a nice change. It'll be great for visitors. And we need visitors. On a related topic, where is that silvery rhino "Glint" that the council bought at auction last year? I seem to have missed what happened there....but then, I don't get out much. Woolston woman Jane

12:05am Mon 17 Feb 14

Versuvious says...

A new data farm... with more and more people using devices and having no idea what actually comes out of these "free" kind of offers is nothing more than stealing your data and selling it on, to phising or even as far as key logging and stealing your credit/debit card details, the way i see it is that its just opened up a whole new world of cyber-criminal activity and company's to make more money off us.
A new data farm... with more and more people using devices and having no idea what actually comes out of these "free" kind of offers is nothing more than stealing your data and selling it on, to phising or even as far as key logging and stealing your credit/debit card details, the way i see it is that its just opened up a whole new world of cyber-criminal activity and company's to make more money off us. Versuvious

2:37pm Mon 17 Feb 14

sotonboy84 says...

Versuvious wrote:
A new data farm... with more and more people using devices and having no idea what actually comes out of these "free" kind of offers is nothing more than stealing your data and selling it on, to phising or even as far as key logging and stealing your credit/debit card details, the way i see it is that its just opened up a whole new world of cyber-criminal activity and company's to make more money off us.
It's true. As others have said, many people with internet access on their phones will have no use for this but good for anybody that doesn't. As well as café's, even shops such as John Lewis in Westquay have free wifi in store.

I however would remain cautious because the revenue that can be raised will not solely be on the cost of the interent you pay for after the free 30 minutes, it will come from selling your data. Undoubtedly to sign up will ask for your name, home address, DOB and e-mail address. Many companies buy and sell data, even the Royal Mail do when you pay for mail redirection. They get a lot of money for this data to sell to utility companies who call you when you've moved home to offer you gas, electricity and phone/broadband. Your details will be sold if you use the free 30 minutes or pay to use more.

If you don't mind this then there's nothing to worry about.
[quote][p][bold]Versuvious[/bold] wrote: A new data farm... with more and more people using devices and having no idea what actually comes out of these "free" kind of offers is nothing more than stealing your data and selling it on, to phising or even as far as key logging and stealing your credit/debit card details, the way i see it is that its just opened up a whole new world of cyber-criminal activity and company's to make more money off us.[/p][/quote]It's true. As others have said, many people with internet access on their phones will have no use for this but good for anybody that doesn't. As well as café's, even shops such as John Lewis in Westquay have free wifi in store. I however would remain cautious because the revenue that can be raised will not solely be on the cost of the interent you pay for after the free 30 minutes, it will come from selling your data. Undoubtedly to sign up will ask for your name, home address, DOB and e-mail address. Many companies buy and sell data, even the Royal Mail do when you pay for mail redirection. They get a lot of money for this data to sell to utility companies who call you when you've moved home to offer you gas, electricity and phone/broadband. Your details will be sold if you use the free 30 minutes or pay to use more. If you don't mind this then there's nothing to worry about. sotonboy84

2:37pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Ronnie G says...

keven wrote:
sotongirlie wrote:
Where did the money come for this?
its not costing Southampton city council anything as Arqiva is paying for it and council will make money. this is great news for Southampton
But it has. It was budgeted for and It's cost us £50k.
[quote][p][bold]keven[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotongirlie[/bold] wrote: Where did the money come for this?[/p][/quote]its not costing Southampton city council anything as Arqiva is paying for it and council will make money. this is great news for Southampton[/p][/quote]But it has. It was budgeted for and It's cost us £50k. Ronnie G

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