We were approached in 2018 by businesses and local politicians to “do something about the slow internet speeds” in Manchester’s famous gay village.
Public WiFi in the village runs at around 2MB – 6MB meaning that speeds are sluggish during peak times.
The catalyst for the demand was the fact that, each year, in August, more than 180,000 visitors attend the Manchester Pride festival and it was a common complaint that internet speeds were too slow, too expensive and 4G signals kept failing.
Something needed to be done.
What we did
Within 8 weeks, we developed an ultrafast (500MB) public access Wi-Fi network which now puts the Village within the top 1% of public Wi-Fi speeds in Europe.
Our GLEEfi (Gay Lesbian Everyone Everywhere) is the new superfast Wi-Fi broadband product which was installed through 1GB internet pipes based in key locations in the village.
Every business relies on reliable excellent connectivity especially where point-of-sale equipment relies on it. We rolled out our ultrafast WiFi solution and it is now playing a role in ensuring it is still one of the most innovative and entrepreneurial destinations in the city.
What they said:
“This is a very welcome community initiative that benefits everyone. As well as visitors, local businesses in the village and charities close to our hearts will all reap the rewards. Internet speed has been an issue in the village for quite some time now and we are supportive of new initiatives to give village-based businesses a commercial advantage.” Phil Burke, Chair of the Village Business Association,
“Manchester Pride Festival is the highlight of the year for hundreds of thousands of people who visit the Village. Velvet Hotel and our new restaurant Mr. White’s Chophouse will be a hub of activity and fun during the event, with many friends and family meeting up so it’s important they can remain in contact as the festivities get underway. The implementation of the ultra-fast internet will mean our guests can enjoy communicating on social media, or with each other throughout the event, and as a business we can improve the service we provide for our customers.” Kim Eivind Krohn, Managing Director of KRO Hospitality
“We are excited about seeing the effect of faster broadband speeds in the villages. We’re confident it will be good for business even long after the festival has finished when people realise they can get the fastest WiFi speeds in the city here in the village.” Jack Williamson of Richmond Tea Rooms on Richmond Street and Eagle Bar
“It’s long overdue. We are delighted that the frustration of slow internet speeds in the village is finally being resolved. We expect to serve more than 10,000 drinks over the weekend and being able to process card payments swiftly and safely is a priority for us.” Jordan Allison of Bar Pop
“The Manchester Pride Festival is one of the key dates in the year for us as a business and we are pleased that our community is making higher internet speeds available for the visitors we’ll greet from all over the world.” Lorraine Bramhall of Churchills
“We are seeing improvements and development within our world renowned Gay Village and faster WiFi for all will improve the visitor experience not only for here at OnBar but all over our great Village.” Tony D Cooper of OnBar
If you want ultrafast public access Wi-Fi in your town, city or village contact us now.