Newport buses move into fastlane with free WIFI

Travellers on Newport’s buses will soon b able to enjoy access to free WIFI.

As part of Newport’s Super Connected City programme the Council has awarded a  £840K contract to Icomera UK to deliver free WIFI on the city’s bus service.

Newport Council successfully bid for £6m from the UK Government  in December 2012 to attract and retain business and to provide greater access to superfast and ultrafast broadband for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs).

Funding has been allocated for two Newport projects: £2m for a WIFI Concession Model and £4m for SME Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme.

Whilst take-up on the voucher scheme has been low  the boundaries have been extended to include businesses in neighbouring Torfaen and Monmouthshire. The application deadline has also been extended from March 2015 to March 2016.

In the meantime bus travellers will be able to enjoy free WIFI, although it remains unclear how spending almost £1M on the city’s bus service at this time will deliver the Councils goal of providing superfast and ultrafast broadband for SME’s.