Barcelona, the new GOWEX Wireless Smart City
Feb 19, 2014
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the new GOWEX Wireless Smart City
GOWEX gives its free connection services to the second
largest city in Spain and the sixth largest in the European Union, with over 5
million inhabitants in its metropolitan area
GOWEX is committed to the WiFi Kiosks project in
Barcelona together with the ‘Professional Press Sellers Association of
Barcelona and the Province’ (? Asociaci?n Profesional Vendedores de Prensa
de Barcelona y Provincia ?, APVPBP), a model already working successfully
in other cities such as Madrid, Granada, Seville, Bilbao, etc.
19th February 2014-. The WiFi Kiosks arrived in Barcelona
to connect the city on the eve of its great technological meeting: the Mobile World Congress 2014. More than 200 newspaper kiosks in
the city have registered at the project, and they will offer free Internet
access via WiFi thanks to the agreement reached between GOWEX (GOW-MAB, ALGOW-NYSE Alternext,
LGWXY-OTC Market), market leader in creating WiFi Smart Cities, and the APVPBP (Professional Press Sellers Association of Barcelona and
this way, GOWEX gives its smart and free connection services to the second
largest city in Spain and
the sixth largest in the European Union, with over 5 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area and to one of the cities with the most tourism in the
country, with over 7 million tourists a year.
“Barcelona Wi-Fi Kiosks” project will be presented this morning
during a ceremony at the kiosk located at the Plaza de Urquinaona, in which the
l?Eixample district councillor, Xavier de Gispert, will participate, as well as the president of the APVPBP, Cristina An?s and the GOWEX WiFi Network Development Manager, Santiago Moreno.
joins a project that has been running for some time in other Wireless Smart
Cities like Madrid, Granada, Seville, Bilbao, etc. which is reaping excellent
results and becoming an attractive connection alternative for residents and
tourists. On one hand, Barcelona residents will have over 200 free access
points in the city, and on other hand, tourists will not need to activate their
data rates, as they will have free WiFi access; a very advantageous point in
terms of tourism.
the development of the ‘Barcelona WiFi Kiosks’ project, the APVPBP consolidates its commitment to
innovation, by adapting to the new information reality and using their
knowledge of the urban environment and proximity to the customer. The president
of the APVPBP, Cristina An?s,
stated, “It’s about providing a
service to the city and its residents, as well as collaborating in the
development of Barcelona as an internationally leading Wireless Smart
Meanwhile, Santiago Moreno, the GOWEX Wi-Fi Network Development Manager, noted that “the WiFi Kiosks represent one
of our flagship projects, which fit perfectly with Barcelona’s traits: an
eminently cultural as well as tourist city and a clear benchmark in
technological innovation. We are very excited to work with the APVPBP in an
initiative that will provide excellent connection coverage for free to
residents and tourists.”
How to connect to WiFi Kiosks
access free Internet, users only need to detect and choose the .FREEWiFiGOWEX network with their mobile devices (smartphones, tablets,
etc.) by going near one of the Kiosks. Once connected, they will access a
validation portal in which they will need to register in order to begin
enjoying the service. After completing the registration, they will receive a
username and password which they will use to connect to the network as many
times as they want and which will also allow them to go online for free in over
80 GOWEX WiFi cities which are
distributed worldwide (Paris, San Francisco, Madrid, New York, etc.).
Barcelona, ??GOWEX already offers a connection in some restaurant franchises
in the city and it enables the network of “City Tour Barcelona”
tourist buses to have free WiFi for their passengers during their visits to the
Where to connect
Wi-Fi Newspapers Kiosks integrated in the network are spread out across
Barcelona and are clearly signposted (see image attached). To find them, users can consult the WiFi map or download the app for mobiles and tablets which will
pick up the different access points and speed-up connection to them.
About GOWEX (GOW-MAB, ALGOW-NYSE
Alternext, LGWXY ?LGWXY-OTC Market)
GOWEX has been operating in the telecommunications sector for 14
years and is currently leader in the creation of Wi-Fi Cities, providing Free
and Premium Wi-Fi connectivity on the streets and on public transport. The
company?s reach currently extends to 80 cities around the world, thanks to
agreements with public administrations, franchises, operators, associations and
In 2010 GOWEX become the first and only Spanish SME to achieve a
?dual listing?, on both the MAB (GOW) and Nyse-Alternext (ALGOW) stock
exchanges. The company?s overall turnover reached 114 million in 2012, which represents
a 71% increase compared with 2011. In December 2012 GOWEX successfully
finalised a capital increase in which it raised almost 18 million Euros, adding
1,528,404 new shares to the market. In February 2012, the SEC approved the
launch of an ADR programme (American Depositary Receipt) allowing the Group to
be quoted on the OTQXC market in the United States.
With offices in Madrid, Paris, Dubai, London, Buenos Aires,
Shanghai and Costa Rica, GOWEX develops a sustainable business model in its Wi-Fi
network, based on the efficiency and technical quality of its patented
platforms: the Roaming Platform, which allows users to be freely connected in
all cities, and the Advertising and Geo-localized Content Platform, which
allows a financing system by means of advertising and marketing agreements.
In 2011 GOWEX joined the Wireless Broadband Alliance and was
awarded with the Internet Day?s prize for ?Best Company?. In 2013, the Company was awarded with the ?Best New Listed Company? in
the first edition of the ?European Small Mid-Cap Awards?.
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