300 free Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces – almost 8000 users per day

Email item Email item Print item Print item

300 free Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces - almost 8000 users per dayThe Malta Communications Authority (MCA) said that it has successfully installed 300 free Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces across Gozo and Malta over the past years. During 2016, more than 2,500,000 end-users accessed these Wi-Fi hotspots, that is almost 8000 users per day.

The Minister for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy Emmanuel Mallia said today that “although we reached the target of 300 hotspots by end of this year, as established in the electoral manifesto, the government is striving to improve and increase the network by installing 100 more connections during the year 2017, therefore aiming to reach 400 Wi-Fi points. This will be placing Malta well on track to becoming a leading Wi-Fi state.”

Coordinated by the MCA in collaboration with other public entities, this initiative essentially facilitates access to the internet through a secure broadband connection and promotes the use of connected devices. The hotspots are installed in information centres, public libraries, public gardens, town squares and local councils.

Every connection is filtered in order to prevent illegal content reaching the end-user, especially minors. These free Wi-Fi hotspots are easily identifiable as each hotspot is signposted. A mobile application can also be downloaded in order to identify the closest hotspot to any given location.

Minister Malila emphasised that “whilst this is a positive development, we still have 22% of our population that is not online, so therefore we need to aim higher.”

“Projects such as this which result in the widespread availability of Wi-Fi services not only serve to encourage people to get online, but also add greater value to Malta’s value proposition and attractiveness, particularly in the tourism industry,” he added.

The Minister concluded by saying that. “this government has long acknowledged the importance of digital inclusion and has placed this high on its agenda. This initiative will ensure that the internet is accessible to everyone. Malta is among the front runners in Europe in terms of nationwide availability of high-speed broadband services. This is the result of a forward-looking regulatory regime, as well as continued investment by industry players.”

This following table gives a snapshot of the most popular hotspots:

Location and total number of users in 2016

Gozo

MARSALFORN MCA MENQA POLICE STATION 53081

XLENDI MCA SAINT SIMON STREET 36889

GHAJNSIELEM MCA LORETU SQUARE 33289

VICTORIA MCA INDEPENDENCE SQUARE 32839

Malta

BUGIBBA MCA BUGIBBA SQUARE 121655

VALLETTA MCA ST GEORGES SQUARE 98994

PACEVILLE MCA ST. GEORGES BAY 84094

BALLUTA MCA TAORMINA AREA 60522

SLIEMA MCA ANNE SQUARE 55771

MARSASCALA MCA MIFSUD BONNICI SQUARE 52652

BALLUTA MCA TOWER ROAD 52405

GOLDEN BAY MCA 48598

ST JULIANS MCA BALLUTA SQUARE 47246

VALLETTA MCA UPPER BARRAKKA 46936

SLIEMA MCA FERRIES 45719

PAOLA MCA A. DE PAUL SQUARE 40568

BIRZEBBUGA MCA PRETTY BAY 40235

MARSA MCA OPEN CENTRE 39199

MOSTA MCA ROTUNDA SQUARE 37862

MARSAXLOKK MCA POMPEII SQUARE 32316.

  • Permalink: 300 free Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces – almost 8000 users per day
  • You may also like...

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *