O2 to offer free Wi-Fi in Newark town centre


Operator seals partnership with Newark and Sherwood District Council to install Wi-Fi in January 2014

O2 has announced it will build a free-to-access Wi-Fi network in the Nottinghamshire market town of Newark.

The O2 Wi-Fi will allow Newark shoppers and visitors to use the free and secure internet service, regardless of network, after they have registered when first logging in.

Once registered, customers will automatically be connected to O2 Wi-Fi when they enter a coverage area.

O2 will begin installing Wi-Fi technology into buildings and street furniture in January 2014. The operator will share the cost of the equipment, installation and maintenance with the council, which will coordinate and commission any maintenance and repair through its own contractor on behalf of O2.

The partnership with Newark and Sherwood District Council builds on previous agreements which have seen O2 provide Wi-Fi services in locations across London, including Canary Wharf and Westminster.

O2 MD for commerce Gavin Franks said: “This is a great example of how we’re supporting the Government’s ambition to develop the continuing rollout of cellular technologies throughout the UK to bring further connectivity to more rural areas.”

In April, O2 published a ‘Wi-Fi Britain’ report which found that 25 per cent of Britons are more reliant on high-street Wi-Fi than they were in 2011. The report, which surveyed 2,000 UK adults, also found that 58 per cent of those asked connect to the internet while out shopping.