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University of St Andrews expands wi-fi coverage for town

The University of St Andrews has joined forces with BT to take the first step towards providing greater wi-fi access within the town.

Visitors to the University are now able to access BT Wi-fi across the St Andrews campus. The new service makes St Andrews the first university in Scotland to offer university-wide wi-fi to all visitors – meaning that all those visiting University buildings such as the library, halls of residence, Gateway Building and conference delegates will be able access the internet wirelessly.

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Brendan Dick and Steve Watt try out the new wi-fi network. (Pic courtesy of University of St Andrews).

The service is available free of charge to BT Broadband subscribers and a number of BT partners*, while charges may apply for other network users.

Later this year, the University hopes to expand its wi-fi coverage across further areas of the town.

Steve Watt, Chief Information Officer at the University, said:

“We have a large number of public visitors to the University and previously could not offer a wi-fi service to them (due to licensing restrictions). This solution removes these barriers and is also underpinned by BT’s excellent support operation. We are delighted to be working with BT in this partnership to deliver and expand our wi-fi provision within the University.”

BT Scotland Director Brendan Dick was among the first visitors to connect to the new wi-fi network. He said:

“We’re really excited to be working on this project with St Andrews University, bringing a 21st century technological advantage to a historic town. “It will not only provide widespread wireless internet access for visitors to University sites, but has the potential to be extended out across the town benefiting local residents, business people and visitors. A public BT Wi-fi network would be a major new asset to help enhance the visitor experience for the thousands of tourists, shoppers and golfers who make a significant contribution to the local economy.

* Customers of EE, O2 and Vodafone who have free BT Wi-fi in their mobile contracts will be able to receive a free service.