“Norwich is pioneering a free wi-fi project which covers three sectors of the UK city and its centre.
The £1.1m, 18-month pilot has been live for three weeks and is backed by the East of England Development Agency.
Paul Adams, from Norfolk county council said: “It allows people to see the benefit of wireless technology.”
The city centre, county hall and educational establishments such as the university all have wi-fi access.
Mr Adams, director of corporate resources and cultural services, said: “The original idea was to use it as a demonstration project – to wireless-enable a significant part of the city so we could begin to see what the benefits were in terms of economic development, benefit for the public and public services workers.”
“We don’t know what will happen when the project ends. Technology may have moved on” said Adams.
More than 200 antennas are positioned around the city, mainly on lampposts, creating blanket wi-fi coverage.
The city is one giant hotspot, utilising a mesh network which means users can get seamless internet access as they wander the streets.”