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Europe promises free Wi-Fi in public places by 2020

The European Union has also pledged to ensure 5G is a going concern by 2025.

The European Union has pledged to offer free Wi-Fi and 5G across Europe.

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Europe could have free Wi-Fi in public places by 2020. The European Union has also pledged to spread next generation 5G mobile connectivity across member states by 2025.

The annual State of the Union Address delivered this week by European Union president Jean-Claude Juncker promised to encourage investment in connectivity and overhaul copyright law.

The EU plans to spend €120m (roughly £102m, $134m or AU$180) on installing the necessary kit for free Wi-Fi in parks, squares, libraries and public buildings. Local authorities will then have to pay for ongoing costs.