The City of Vancouver expects its visitor experience and economic success to get a boost after expanding its number of free public Wi-Fi locations from 80 to 550 through a partnership with Shaw Communications Inc.
To access the free Wi-Fi hubs, users must connect to the #VanWiFi network.
Vancouver Friday morning announced a major expansion to the city's free public Wi-Fi network making it the largest in the country. Say goodbye to your freaking expensive data plan because Vancouver is coming to you with free public WiFi across the entire city.
In 2015, 42 locations were equipped with free public Wi-Fi.
In the coming months, the network will expand to more than 600 locations throughout the city.
Speaking about the expansion, City of Vancouver's Chief Technology Officer, Jessie Adcock said: 'We are pleased to be working with Shaw to provide one of North America's largest free public Wi-Fi networks, the latest step in our work to create a connected city.
"This is an exciting development for the visitor experience in Vancouver", said Ted Little, CFO and commercial director with Tourism Vancouver. 'Free Wi-Fi service in key locations will enable visitors to use their smart phones and devices to discover attractions, activities and restaurants, for wayfinding, and to navigate Vancouver's transportation options. "Furthermore, this is an important development for the Vancouver tourism industry as it moves us closer to our goal if being a smart tourism destination".
The bandwidth speed of #VanWiFi will run at about 10Mbps with unlimited data usage. In addition, no personal information is required to access the VanWiFi network.
Adcock said that while "people have to be quite vigilant when using any public Wi-Fi network", the new system is as safe as any other.