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Dubliners to get free WiFi from this week

Free wireless internet services will be begin rollout on Thursday, with busy shopping streets getting service next month.

The Grafton Street area will have free WiFi services from next month - irrespective of how you're dressed.
The Grafton Street area will have free WiFi services from next month - irrespective of how you're dressed.
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SHOPPERS ON SOME of Dublin’s busiest retail streets will be able to use free wireless internet services from next month.

Dublin City Council will launch its Dublin Free WiFi service this Thursday, with the first services available in the vicinity of the council’s offices at Wood Quay, and at Barnardos Square on Dame Street.

Busy spots including Henry Street and Grafton Street will see services introduced throughout February.

The service is being offered to the council for free by Spanish company Gowex, which specialises in the delivery of free municipal WiFi services.

It will be available free of charge to users 24 hours a day, with download speeds of 512kbps. Users who want faster connections will be able to purchase a higher speed of up to 6 Mbps.

Users will be able to identify spots in which free WiFi services are available by the presence of mosaic tiles which will be placed on certain buildings within the WiFi zones.

A full list of locations being serviced by the free WiFi services will be released when the service is formally launched on Thursday.

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