Newcastle took the next step towards becoming a globally-connected hub on Tuesday, June 11 with the launch of the council's new free Wi-Fi initiative.
Designed to increase connectivity and information sharing between the community, business and digital world, the networks are a major part of the City of Newcastle's 'Smart City' program.
From Tuesday, locals and tourists will have the ability to connect to 60 of the 150 new network poles using their phones, tablets, computers and other smart devices.
Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes stood alongside Nick Brown and Rick Fancourt from Countrytell, and Brett Woods from Computer Systems Australia, to launch the project.
"This is the first step in our staged rollout of free Wi-Fi, which will eventually see the whole city connected as well as Beresfield and Wallsend local centres," Ms Nelmes said.
"Today it's Newcastle East, but we're working hard to make sure our new CBD in the West End and areas around Wickham quickly follow. Plans are well and truly advanced for these areas and we hope to make more announcements soon."
With a variety of access points, and no password required, it's now easier than ever for people to get connected, the council said.
"Whether it be for business or leisure, cities the world over are now embracing the ability to offer affordable and accessible internet to residents and visitors so that they can be connected anytime, anywhere," Ms Nelmes said.
All part of the 'Smart City' strategy, the new networks will stand alongside future plans for energy-efficient solar projects, electric-vehicle charging stations, driverless vehicle technology and bike-sharing initiatives.
To log on to the free Wi-Fi, search for 'City of Newcastle free Wi-Fi' in your network settings.
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