Manchester Central ups its game with faster, free Wi-Fi for all

Northern exhibition and conference centre, Manchester Central, has amplified its Wi-Fi offering by increasing its Internet connection to a one-gigabit service.

In January 2013, Manchester Central claimed it was the first major venue in the UK to provide free Wi-Fi to all visitors.

An investment in the Wi-Fi infrastructure in 2012 increased the venue’s capabilities so it could provide 100 per cent cover for Wi-Fi across all 21,000sqm of event space at Manchester Central.

The free Wi-Fi for all, including exhibitors, has been hugely popular during events, conferences, and exhibitions, the management says, with several hundred people often using free Wi-Fi at any one time during events. The increased Internet capability means that even if the venue is at capacity (10,400), every person in the venue can use the free Wi-Fi and still receive a fast and reliable service.

“When we became the first in the UK to offer free Wi-Fi to all, we were determined to continue to build on our offer,” says Angie Robinson, Chief Executive of Manchester Central. “Our increased Internet capability means that as well as being the first to offer free Wi-Fi to all, we also now offer some of the fastest Internet in the business.”

Manchester-based Internet service provider Metronet (UK) provides Manchester Central’s Internet connection to visitors. Metronet (UK) provides a combination of fibre and radio connections to ensure Wi-Fi connections are failsafe, guaranteeing Wi-Fi ‘uptime’ in all circumstances at Manchester Central.

Manchester Central underwent a three-year £30m redevelopment, completed in 2012 and was partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
 
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