Summer might be coming to an end, but autumn’s already set to see a new initiative, as several local councils will begin to offer free Wi-Fi in public areas by October.
This will be publicly set up in the following localities: Vittoriosa, Birkirkara, Birżebbuġa, Dingli, Għargħur, Għaxaq, Lija, Qormi, Attard, Floriana, Gudja, Kalkara, Mellieħa, Mosta, Nadur, Għarb, Msida, Marsascala, Qala, Żebbuġ, Żurrieq, Ta’ Xbiex, St Paul’s Bay, Naxxar, Żejtun, Santa Venera and Mqabba.
These localities make up the first round of applicants from the 58 councils which have applied for EU grants of €15,000 each to install Wi-Fi access points in public areas, under the Wifi4EU programme.
The EU-funded initiative seeks to close the digital gap by ensuring high-speed and free internet access in parks, squares, buildings, libraries, health centres, and other public areas.
However, problems arose when authorities failed to find suppliers to carry out the works for the first round of applicants. This pushed back the deadline twice, first from January to July, and then from July to September.
Now, four suppliers had been chosen.
The second, third, and fourth rounds of applicants include Safi, Qrendi, Mġarr, San Lawrenz, Munxar, Fontana, Kirkop, Żabbar, Siġġiewi, Senglea, Sliema, Żebbuġ, Kerċem, Iklin, Marsaxlokk, Mdina, Mtarfa, Pembroke, Victoria, Santa Luċija, Tarxien, St Julian’s, Swieqi, Xewkija, San Ġwann, Sannat, Pietà, Gżira, Paola, Rabat, and Għajnsielem.