Broadstone high street first in Dorset to offer free public WiFi

Bournemouth Echo: Chamber of trade chairman Simon Merry Chamber of trade chairman Simon Merry

AN INNOVATIVE scheme to provide shoppers with access to free public WiFi has been launched in Broadstone.

Experts behind the project believe The Broadway, where the wireless network is available, is the first high street in Dorset to offer such a service.

It is the result of a partnership between local business DigitalAir Wireless Networks and Broadstone Chamber of Trade.

Chamber of trade chairman Simon Merry said: “This is an exciting step for a suburban centre. We are doing all we can to embrace technology to maintain a vibrant and successful centre for shopping and business.

“We can’t beat all the big online warehouses on their terms but we can offer a mix of experiences and personal service that includes a familiar high street which is also online.”

Businesses throughout Broadstone worked together to ensure the WiFi network, which is already live and offers shoppers two hours free access, became a reality.

Transmitters have been fitted at Molly’s Cafe, Wrights Estate Agents, Birkett and Co Accountants, Tappers Funeral Service and Dickinson Manser Solicitors to ensure the entire Broadway is covered.

DigitalAir Wireless managing director Mark Julier said: “This is an exciting opportunity for DigitalAir Wireless to be part of delivering Dorset’s first free public WiFi in a high street location.

“In addition to delivering an ultra-fast (fibre connected) WiFi network, we have made it compatible with the industry’s latest Hotspot 2.0/Passpoint standard which allows seamless roaming from mobile carrier to WiFi network.

“Our goal was to make it as easy as possible for people to connect to the network.”

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2:05pm Sun 27 Oct 13

sturman says...

Excellent
Excellent sturman
  • Score: 3

5:40pm Sun 27 Oct 13

bourne free says...

Poole Park has free WiFi !
Poole Park has free WiFi ! bourne free
  • Score: 4

7:35pm Sun 27 Oct 13

ashleycross says...

bourne free wrote:
Poole Park has free WiFi !
Cool!
It's not like you can go to Poole Park and then google how to get a trip to a park cheaper on the internet.
[quote][p][bold]bourne free[/bold] wrote: Poole Park has free WiFi ![/p][/quote]Cool! It's not like you can go to Poole Park and then google how to get a trip to a park cheaper on the internet. ashleycross
  • Score: 0

8:29pm Sun 27 Oct 13

portia6 says...

Broadstone getting the pensioners out of the charity shops!
Broadstone getting the pensioners out of the charity shops! portia6
  • Score: 2

10:49pm Sun 27 Oct 13

fireflier says...

Why the 'eck do we need WiFi on a busy shopping street.
Are they all going to sit in their cars and play with their computers.....just like the majority who don't speak to anyone unless on a mobile phone.

Sad, sorry old world it's getting to !!!

Was a time when humans spoke directly to one another !!
Why the 'eck do we need WiFi on a busy shopping street. Are they all going to sit in their cars and play with their computers.....just like the majority who don't speak to anyone unless on a mobile phone. Sad, sorry old world it's getting to !!! Was a time when humans spoke directly to one another !! fireflier
  • Score: 3

8:27am Mon 28 Oct 13

fartycat says...

Boscombe had free street wifi years ago
Boscombe had free street wifi years ago fartycat
  • Score: 0

1:34pm Tue 29 Oct 13

liebert says...

Exactly the points made by Fireflier. Surely the people are there to shop then leave.
Imagine folks adding to the parking chaos sitting in their cars playing online.

What is the point?
Exactly the points made by Fireflier. Surely the people are there to shop then leave. Imagine folks adding to the parking chaos sitting in their cars playing online. What is the point? liebert
  • Score: 1

1:51pm Tue 29 Oct 13

yahooooooooo says...

What about people sat in restaurants, bus stops, and other static areas?!
What about people sat in restaurants, bus stops, and other static areas?! yahooooooooo
  • Score: -1

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