Teesside IT firm Cornerstone Business Solutions is behind the installation of wi-fi that’s now available across Middlesbrough town centre to help people stay connected and boost trade in the run-up to Christmas.
Visitors now have free access to the internet via the Middlesbrough Council wi-fi network.
The permanent installation is a key strand of Middlesbrough’s City Centre Strategy to create a vibrant, modern, thriving centre at the heart of the Tees Valley.
Describing the five-figure contract win as “a major coup”, Cornerstone director Chris Bibby previously revealed the firm would look to provide a similar service to more local authorities across the North-East and beyond.
“This is our first council contract but it won’t be our last,” said Chris. “Middlesbrough is showing real vision in leading the way as the first Tees Valley council to install free outdoor wi-fi.
“We’re delighted to have won such a prestigious contract right on our doorstep. We’re looking forward to working closely with Middlesbrough Council and our technology partners to roll out a public wi-fi solution that I’m sure will be much appreciated by residents and visitors to the town’s central areas.”
A Middlesbrough Council spokesman said: “There’s an ever-growing need for high streets to evolve and diversify in order to meet changing trends and the demands of modern consumers.
“Central to that approach is the positive use of digital technology to bring people into town and city centres, increasing footfall and dwell time and enhancing our leisure and retail offer.
“We know visitors to Middlesbrough will welcome our free wi-fi network, whether they’re here for Christmas shopping, work or leisure.”
• The Wi-Fi can be accessed by logging on to ‘free_mbro_towncentre’ on your mobile or device.