Public Wi-Fi and high-speed broadband on Hastings Pier

Hastings Pier. Picture by Barry Webster SUS-160524-171356001
Hastings Pier. Picture by Barry Webster SUS-160524-171356001

Hastings Pier now has superfast broadband with public Wi-Fi thanks to a local company.

Beaming, based at Marine Court, St Leonards, was brought in to install high-speed Internet connection to support the pier’s commercial and entertainment needs.

The newly-refurbished pier was fitted with 240 metres of fibre optic cables and cutting-edge technology to provide 100Mbps broadband for multiple users.

Hastings Pier Charity operations manager Karen Trimmings said: “Great connectivity means we can provide a fantastic experience to visitors and provide new forms of entertainment alongside the traditional to ensure the Pier remains a valuable attraction for generations to come.

“Beaming has supported the restoration project from the outset and has gone above and beyond to ensure we have cutting edge connectivity with ongoing support for our 21st century pier.”

The improved Internet connection helps the charity offices and everything on the pier, as well as providing public Wi-Fi and allows visitors to add to its online archive in the Memories Room.

Fast, reliable and secure connectivity ensures the pier can offer compelling high bandwidth event experiences such as live streamed theatre performances from elsewhere in the world over the Internet.

Fibre optics has also helped overcome one of the biggest challenges to providing connectivity on a pier: the sea.

Seawater is a problem for telecommunication providers as it corrodes the copper lines traditionally used to transmit voice and data.

Fibre optic cable is significantly more resilient to seawater than copper lines.

Beaming did a similar job at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill.

“The restoration of Hastings Pier was conceived to turn an iconic but neglected piece of Hastings’ history into a 21st century visitor attraction fit for future generations,” a spokesman said.

“Connectivity is crucial to ensure the Pier operates smoothly, enable commerce and provide visitors with a truly engaging experience.”

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