Phase Two of Inverness Free WiFi Launched

Phase two of Inverness' free public WiFi, which was successfully piloted earlier this year has now been rolled out across Inverness city centre, extending to and including areas such as the High Street, the Castle, Eden Court, and the bus and railway stations.

The first phase of the Inverness City WiFi project, branded Ness WiFi,  provided fast internet coverage in a pilot area including the Victorian Market, Falcon Square and surrounding streets and saw up to 800 people per week sign up and use the service. The Pilot has helped shape the main city WiFi rollout by providing useful data and user engagement and analytics.

The Ness WiFi network is free for all users and has no restrictions on time, providing access to fast, efficient internet connectivity.

There has been a very positive response from the public with some users saying “It’s the best public wi-fi I have ever used” and “it is better than my home broadband”.

The free wi-fi project, led by The Highland Council ( in partnership with Rapier Systems Ltd.) and funded by £500,000 of £53 million UK Government investment, aims to benefit businesses, residents, students and tourists, and encourage visitors to the city.

Mike Smith, Manager of Inverness Business Improvement District (BID) welcomed the initiative. He said: “In this digital age, confirmation that the free Ness Wifi is now available throughout the Inverness City is good news for our visitors and residents alike. It certainly adds to the experience of the increasing number of tourists enjoying the area. "

The project forms part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal which is a joint initiative supported by up to £315 million investment from the UK and Scottish governments, The Highland Council, HIE and University of the Highland and Islands, aimed at stimulating sustainable regional economic growth.

More information about the project and how to get Ness WiFi can be found at

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