Camden council launches new free public wi-fi service

Camden residents are set to benefit from free wi-fi from June

Camden residents are set to benefit from free wi-fi from June - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Camden Council is to launch free wi-fi for residents in a bid to boost business.

Users will be able to access 30 minutes of free wireless internet every day from June using their smartphones and laptops.

Cllr Theo Blackwell, cabinet member for finance, said the scheme will help visitors look up information on the web, while businesses will be able to trial new online advertising techniques.

After the 30 minutes users will be able to purchase extra time from a provider of their choice and will be able to access the council’s online services free of charge at all times.

Income generated from the project will be re-invested into supporting digital companies.

The scheme is being rolled out until the end of 2014 with media services company Arqiva, covering areas of highest demand first.

The first phase will target the south of the borough and the remaining phases will cover Hampstead, Belsize Park, Kilburn, Camden Town and Kentish Town.

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Camden is leading 17 other local authorities across London in securing similar deals and 212,000 residents are set to benefit.

Cllr Blackwell said: “Our aim is to make Camden one of the most connected places in the country.”