The Municipality of Athens is offering free wireless Internet access to residents and visitors in various parts of the city.
Available in some of the city’s busiest neighborhoods, free wifi hotspots can be found in 11 locations, giving citizens the opportunity to save internet data and money. These locations include the squares of Syntagma, Iroon (Psyrri), Kotzia and Karamanou as well as the Serafio Sports Center, the municipality’s Central Library and Cultural Center (Acadimias st), the area of Lycabettus and others.
During the first three months of its operation, the program has offered free wifi access to over 100,000 users with almost 300,000 unique connections recorded so far.
The program is being developed through the European Commission’s WiFi4EU initiative that promotes free wifi connectivity for citizens and visitors in public spaces such as parks, squares, public buildings, libraries, health centers and museums everywhere in Europe.
Athens’ citizens and visitors can access the WiFi4EU network from the list of available wifi hotspots on their mobile devices. By selecting “WiFi4EU” and pressing “Login”, they gain free internet access for the next 12 hours.
“Our goal is for the program to be extended to Athens’ 129 neighborhoods, so that all citizens and visitors will have the opportunity to use the internet, wherever they are,” Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis said.
The Greek capital’s municipality has created 118 user-friendly digital services to meet the needs of citizens and enterprises. Thousands of residents can now receive certificates and other public documents online and avoid queues and crowding at public services.