Home
 » ISP News » 
Sponsored

Newcastle and Gateshead Rollout FREE BT WiFi After GOWEX Flop

Thursday, March 26th, 2015 (8:17 am) - Score 807

The plan to deploy a new network of free public WiFi hotspots across Newcastle and Gateshead in north east England, which last year took a hit after the project’s original partner (Spain’s GOWEX) collapsed due to falsified accounts (here), looks set to continue after the local authorities signed a deal with BT instead.

Luckily GOWEX’s spectacular failure occurred shortly after the initial agreement had been reach and, in addition, the contract did not rely on any financial investment from either council. The result meant that the local authorities merely needed to hunt for a new supplier, which has of course delayed their deployment.

The solution, it seems, was to sign a new deal with BT under the wider Go Digital Newcastlesuper-fast broadband” initiative. BT will now deploy the new network of public WiFi hotspots at key locations on both sides of the river, free of charge.

Farooq Hakim, BT’s regional director for the North East, said:

We are really proud to have been chosen by Newcastle and Gateshead to deliver free to use BT Wi-fi in the town and city centres. We’re already working with a number of other cities like Glasgow and Cardiff and the networks we have built for them have proven really popular with businesses and shoppers.

We hope free wi-fi goes down just as well in Newcastle and Gateshead. The agreement will also see BT and the cities working together to help mobile operators give Newcastle and Gateshead great coverage.”

Sadly the announcement contained no specifics about the roll-out plan or timescale.

Share with Twitter
Share with Linkedin
Share with Facebook
Share with Reddit
Share with Pinterest
Mark Jackson
By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
Leave a Comment
0 Responses

Comments RSS Feed

Javascript must be enabled to post (most browsers do this automatically)

Privacy Notice: Please note that news comments are anonymous, which means that we do NOT require you to enter any real personal details to post a message. By clicking to submit a post you agree to storing your comment content, display name, IP, email and / or website details in our database, for as long as the post remains live.

Only the submitted name and comment will be displayed in public, while the rest will be kept private (we will never share this outside of ISPreview, regardless of whether the data is real or fake). This comment system uses submitted IP, email and website address data to spot abuse and spammers. All data is transferred via an encrypted (https secure) session.

NOTE 1: Sometimes your comment might not appear immediately due to site cache (this is cleared every few hours) or it may be caught by automated moderation / anti-spam.

NOTE 2: Comments that break our rules, spam, troll or post via known fake IP/proxy servers may be blocked or removed.
Cheapest Superfast ISPs
  • Onestream £19.99 (*27.99)
    Avg. Speed 45Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • TalkTalk £21.00 (*29.95)
    Avg. Speed 38Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Plusnet £21.99 (*36.52)
    Avg. Speed 36Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: £50 Reward Card
  • NOW TV £22.00 (*40.00)
    Avg. Speed 36Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Vodafone £22.00
    Avg. Speed 35Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
Prices inc. Line Rental | View All
The Top 20 Category Tags
  1. FTTP (2899)
  2. BT (2823)
  3. FTTC (1811)
  4. Building Digital UK (1771)
  5. Politics (1709)
  6. Openreach (1664)
  7. Business (1490)
  8. FTTH (1343)
  9. Mobile Broadband (1279)
  10. Statistics (1271)
  11. 4G (1103)
  12. Fibre Optic (1084)
  13. Wireless Internet (1047)
  14. Ofcom Regulation (1042)
  15. Virgin Media (1034)
  16. EE (729)
  17. Vodafone (707)
  18. TalkTalk (689)
  19. Sky Broadband (685)
  20. 5G (568)
Promotion
Helpful ISP Guides and Tips
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
Sponsored

Copyright © 1999 to Present - ISPreview.co.uk - All Rights Reserved - Terms , Privacy and Cookie Policy , Links , Website Rules , Contact