Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council have signed a joint deal with wireless smart city provider Gowex, to provide free public Wi-Fi hotspots in both cities.
The deal falls within the Go Digital Newcastle Initiative - a joint project between Newcastle Council and the European Regional Development Fund.
Gowex has provided Wi-Fi hotspots in a number of cities around the world, including Dubai, Miami, New York, Paris and San Francisco.
Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle Council said: "We're pleased to say Gowex is paying for the work and maintenance to be carried out by council staff in Gateshead and by our current streetlight contractors in Newcastle.
"We're pleased with this arrangement because it means our installation is being done by local workers who know the area and have the knowledge, equipment and training to do the work to a high standard."
Gowex will spend the next few months working with the councils to deploy a 24 hour high-speed network across Tyneside. The company will also provide work for both council staff and contractors.
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