Milan to boost free wi-fi access

With new hot-spots in markets and Darsena.

Celebrating the success of what city hall says is Italy’s most extensive free public Wi-fi network, new antennas are being set up in street-market locations and around the night-life centre of the Darsena.

While the city already boasts some 400 hot-spots and 700 access points, the administration is moving to install another 20 by the end of the month to meet the increased demand.

Eleven of these will serve revellers thronging the Navigli movida, where construction work for the recently opened redevelopment had slowed down the installation. The others will be in areas where local markets are not yet fully covered, including Vie Fauché, Garigliano, Osoppo, Papiniano and Benedetto Marcello.

Expo Milano 2015 has brought a steep rise in registrations by new subscribers, increasing from some 38,000 in May to 97,000 in June and July. Announcing the figures, city councillor Cristina Tajani revealed that the share of foreigners among new subscribers has increased, rising from 53 to 59 per cent since Expo opened on 1 May.

And to bring a strong reduction in down-time when there are errors on the system, city hall has forged an agreement between the three operators on the network – the municipality itself, ATM and A2a – to pool resources for maintenance and trouble-shooting.