Plans for free public Wi-fi in Europe
The European Commission is aiming to introduce free Wi-fi to public spaces across its member states within a four-year period. This goal will increase the efficiency and availability of cloud computing technology.
Jean-Claude Junker, the president of the European Union’s executive body, announced the goal during his annual state of the union address. He would also like at least one city in each EU country to have deployed a 5G mobile network by 2020, stating:
“Everyone benefiting from connectivity means that it should not matter where you live or how much you earn,” he said.
“So, we propose today to equip every European village and every city with free wireless internet access around the main centres of public life by 2020.” This news arises after officials struggled to deliver on their earlier promise to abolish mobile roaming fees.
A factsheet for the ‘Wifi4EU’ plan states that public areas will include parks, squares, libraries and public buildings such as museums. Unfortunately, this new pledge may not apply to the UK since the UK is leaving the EU before the end of the decade.
Additional goals set for 2025 included:
- minimum download speed of 100Mbps for all European households
- minimum download and upload speeds of 1GBps for all hospitals, administrations and other public services reliant on digital technologies
- uninterrupted 5G access for all major roads and railways