Tourists from all parts of the world, or even day-trippers from up and down the Costa Blanca, will now be able to enjoy Benidorm’s free Wi-Fi service on the beaches.
The new technology will have the capacity to allow 20,000 devices to be connected at the same time thanks to 30 different coverage points along the promenade.
The service will be extended over a period of time. Whether people are sunbathing, strolling along the front or even having a paddle in the Mediterranean, their mobile phones and tablets can now be connected to the nearest Wi-Fi point just metres from the shore.
A significant part of Benidorm already enjoys free Wi-Fi – such as the Playa Levante – and before April 20 the coverage will be extended to include the Playa Poniente and the ‘old town’.
Mayor Toni Perez, part of the presentation team making the announcement, said that the equipment being used in Benidorm “is the best that can be installed”, having been tested by Google.
The project to get Wi-Fi on the beaches has taken nine months to put into operation, and the pilot scheme will last for four years at ‘zero cost’ to the City Council.
The network allows users to be logged in all day long via the Visit Benidorm website but, for reasons of security, management of the network and to control any abuse of the system, it will be automatically disconnected every 30 minutes.
No personal information is needed to log in to the service, which also allows local businesses to promote themselves. through a series of adverts.