NYC Teams Up With Gowex To Expand Free Wifi
Jotham Sederstrom Oct. 15, 2013, 2 p.m.
As a part of New York City’s initiatives to offer free Wifi across the five boroughs, the New York City Economic Development Corp., is teaming up with Gowex, a company specializing in free Wifi and business-to-business wireless networks.
The city is working with Gowex to add 500 additional smart zones to its existing 2,000 zones. The expanded coverage includes Long Island City, Brownsville, Harlem 125th St, Roosevelt Island, the Bronx and Staten Island.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been at the forefront of initiatives to make New York City among the top technology cities in the country. Millions in private and public money has been raised to help the vision of these initiatives to be implemented.
The smart zones are designed to give free access to New Yorkers and tourists in selected areas. Within the last six months, traffic on the Wifi network has exceeded four million visits, an average of 22,000 visits per day.
The most users on Gowex’s network connect from an iPhone, which makes up 28.3 percent of web surfers. Samsung SIII device users came in second with 18.3 percent of total visits. Android tops users globally, with 50.6 percent of visits, followed by a 34.3 percent for Apple and Windows with 6.1 percent.
Gowex provides service for numerous cities across the nation. Its services include apps and downloads for users in various markets.