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Virgin Media announces free public WiFi for Clonmel

The WiFi will be made available by Virgin Media in Clonmel town centre.

Hot on the heels on the announcement that Virgin Media is rolling out ultrafast broadband in Gorey, the company has today unveiled plans to introduce digital TV and FREE Public WiFi to citizens in Clonmel, too.

This rollout forms part of what Virgin Media is calling a ‘major digital upgrade’ for the town. The free WiFi will cover the zone between Gladstone Street, O’Connell Street, Mitchell Street and Sarsfield Street and will give citizens the chance to experience Virgin Media’s superfast broadband firsthand.

Those that like what they experience could then opt to sign up for Virgin Media broadband at home, which - in Clonmel - has entry level download speeds of 100Mbps, reaching up to 240Mbps.

At the same time as the public WiFi rollout, Clonmel’s analogue television service is also being replaced by a digital signal, which will allow consumers to sign up to Virgin TV, should they so wish.

With Virgin TV, there are a range of packages available, depending on what channels you want access to, and whether you want to bundle with a broadband and phone deal, too.

Virgin TV comes with the Virgin TV box, which allows you to record four programmes at the same time, while watching a fifth. Customers also have access to catch-up and on-demand TV, along with the ability to watch Netflix via their set-top box, too.

Local response to the rollout

Speaking about the rollout, Virgin Media’s Vice President of Commercial, Paul Farrell, said the company’s message is simple - “broadband matters”. He also noted that Virgin Media has been overwhelmed by the response from other local communities throughout Ireland where the company has deployed the free public WiFi

He added: “ Virgin Media customers are experiencing what real superfast broadband has to offer, which is important as the demand to connect, download and play continues to grow dramatically in Irish households. We’re super excited about switching on our Digital TV service to totally modernise our local network in Clonmel for our customers.”

In terms of what the news means locally, the CEO of County Tipperary Chamber of Commerce, David Shanahan, said it was “wonderful news for Clonmel residents and businesses”.

He added: “We are in the middle of a remarkable transformation in Ireland’s digital landscape, and Virgin Media’s overall investment programme will play an important role in ensuring that our town are fully equipped to meet the challenges of the digital age in which we live.”