STAFF REPORTER

CALVIA
CAN'T stay away from the Internet, not even on the beach? Then the Majorcan district of Calvia has just the answer - local authorities will be offering free “Wi-fi” connection to tourists on all its principal beaches as of the last week of this month and the first week in September.

Over the past few days, intense negotiations with strategically located building owners have been drawing to a close to enable the installation of the necessary antennas to provide such a service.

Municipal sources said yesterday that it will take just one week for the Wi-fi network to come into operation on Es Carregador beach near Palmanova, but two weeks will be needed to facilitate the three beaches in Magalluf, along with three others in Peguera - La Romana, Torà and Palmira, and those at Illetes and Portals Nous.

Wi-fi is not a new feature to some Majorcan beaches as it is already up and running at Santa Ponsa, one particular site in Palmanova and Son Maties (between Palmanova and Magalluf). The beaches where the facility either is or will be available are those which are known to host massive number of tourists in the summer months, both from other parts of Spain and overseas. Only small coves and minor beaches will remain outside the network.

Other districts such as Alcudia and Son Servera have already begun setting up Wi-fi facilities on their beaches. Alcudia had its network up and running a month ago. The service offers 34 megabytes per second 24 hours a day.

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