Work to install free public access WiFi across the centre of Bath is underway as part of a drive to allow a better experience for residents and visitors, wherever they are.
At present, the network is being installed across the city and small black WiFi boxes are being fitted to street furniture, street lights and signage.
It is hoped that people will be able to use the first phase of the city’s first free public access system in time for the city’s popular Christmas Market.
Contractors working for Bath & North East Somerset Council are installing the system, which the council is keen to stress is for the WiFi network and not for a 5G mobile phone network.
Councillor Tim Ball, cabinet member for Planning, Housing and Economic Development, said: “The first phase of this work, to give residents and visitors access to free public WiFi wherever they are in the city centre, is well underway.
“It is great news that we are helping people connect as part of our programme to support the on-going vibrancy of our city centre.
“I want to be clear, however, that the infrastructure which is going in, is for the council’s public free access WiFi and not part of any 5G rollout. These access points cannot be upgraded to 5G.”
Funding for the WiFi programme has come from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund, administered by the West of England Combined Authority.
Councillor Ball added: “The ultimate aim is to develop a useful app for residents and visitors to use so they can quickly log on and find out for free useful information, city events, offers, and news to both help business and connect people.”