FREE wifi is set to be accessible to all in Johnstone town centre by the end of this month.

The first phase of a £1million project to bring wifi to the town, along with Renfrew and Paisley, has now been completed.

Existing wifi hotspots in public buildings have been upgraded by new service provider Boston Networks, paving the way for further expansion into multiple indoor and outdoor locations.

Councillor Jim Paterson, deputy leader of Renfrewshire Council, told The Gazette: “People in public buildings, including libraries and town halls, are now enjoying a faster wifi service, with no need to log in or register.

“The project is an important part of the council’s digital strategy as it is going to help tackle digital exclusion and provide people with the opportunity to reach their digital potential.”

Paisley’s reputation as a student-friendly town will be boosted during the second phase of the expansion with the introduction of Eduroam – an international roaming service which gives students from anywhere in the world the ability to view educational resources stored securely on their internal networks.

Cllr Paterson said: “It will be an honour to see Paisley become one of the first towns in the UK to provide this facility when it is launched next year.”

Completion of Paisley and Renfrew’s wifi connection is on track for next spring, with thousands of residents set to benefit.

Scott McEwan, chief executive of Boston Networks, said: “We’re thrilled to complete the first phase of the contract to deliver robust and high-speed wifi access to public buildings across Renfrewshire.

“The project is a fantastic example of how effective digital public services can be used to improve digital inclusion and participation and drive economic growth.

“By working closely with Renfrewshire Council, we’re now on track to deliver the next project milestone, which will see public wifi rolled out to offer free internet access in Johnstone, ahead of schedule.”