VISITORS to Dungannon will now be able to take advantage of free Wi-Fi thanks to a major revitalisation project for the town.
The initiative, which was announced by Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland, at a cost of £120,500, includes visual improvements in the town centre.
“This service will be of tremendous benefit to visitors, shoppers and retailers alike and will help local businesses on the High Street weather these difficult economic times.
“It will also create a local customer base, assist customers search for goods and services as well as make Dungannon more appealing socially and economically.
“The successfully completed painting and signage scheme has improved the streetscape and made the town centre more attractive. This project has shown that working in partnership can help strengthen the offering in the town centre.
“This is another step in Dungannon’s development while at the same time enhancing all visitors experience allowing access to important information about Dungannon and all it has to offer.”
Mayor, Councillor Sean McGuigan said: “This marks an important milestone in the regeneration and invigoration of Dungannon Town Centre. It is a major initiative, boost and asset for Dungannon Town, its local community and visitors to the town.
“The completion of the project has dramatically accelerated mobile broadband investment in the town and is a massive step towards providing additional value when visiting our town.
“It clearly demonstrates that Dungannon is moving forward and embracing the technological era which is developing at a rapid rate. We live in a modern mobile world where accessing the internet on smart phones, tablets and laptops is now a daily routine for many, so we are delighted to offer this free service to all shoppers and visitors.
“It will also help bridge the digital divide for those who are otherwise unable to access such a service. I would take this opportunity to pay tribute to all those involved in developing and delivering this initiative on the ground and especially those town centre traders who co-operated and assisted with the delivery of the project.”
Chairman of Dungannon Regeneration Partnership, Chris Morgan said: “In today’s technological era you can’t walk along the street without seeing someone on their phone or tablet and it is clear to see why, when you have the information world at your fingertips. I am really pleased to see the introduction of this free Wi-Fi service to Dungannon town centre.”
The new service will allow anyone with a Wi-Fi enabled device such as a smart phone, tablet or laptop to have free controlled access to the internet ‘on the go’, 24 hours per day seven days per week.