Mapping Wi-Fi in Lisbon


In line with the goals of the COST Action TU-1306 CyberParks and as a local research, the project aims to at providing an overview of the current free Wi-Fi provision in public spaces in Lisbon. Providing this digital infrastructure in city’s public spaces is a growing concern and an asset for making public spaces more attractive.

The main objectives are:

  • Mapping Wi-Fi in Lisbon’s public spaces, aiming to deliver an integrated picture
  • Understand the effects of Wi-Fi in the use and appropriation of public spaces
  • Reflect on public space development, through the use of digital technologies


This study follows a set of methodologies:

  • internet research, to get a broad overview where free wi-fi is provided,
  • structured interviews of kiosk tenants in selected locations,
  • field analysis in selected locations.

The results obtained through different methodologies allows the assessment of data considered important for an overall analysis: broadcaster identification, Wi-Fi range, whether he access is free or conditioned, the reasons for providing Wi-Fi, and what benefits can be observed.

The spaces are select in the four types of public space, as these are the most typical for the city of Lisbon:

  • Square (praça)
  • “Largo” (non institutional square, common in the historical centre of the city)
  • Garden (jardim)
  • Urban Park (parque)

Expected results

The expected results are a broad overview on the provision of free wi-fi in public spaces, which will deliver to further data for the Lisbon Case Study Area Report, as a local contribution to the Project CyberParks.

The results will be also widely published in scientific journals as well as on digital media.

Follow Ups

  1. Presentation and discussion of initial results at the CyberParks’ Lisbon Workshop on 25/06/2014 (the presentation powerpoint is available to project’s participants, and is part of the outcomes of the workshop.
  2. Abstract of the first results to be included in The Lisbon Case Study Report, which will be soon available.
  3. Presentation and discussion in the frame of the 5° Encontro de Investigadores do CeiED (, 04/07/2014 and will be prepared as a contribution to book of papers being organized by the conference scientific committee.
  4. Paper submitted to International Conference on IoT in Urban Space, to take place in October 27–28, 2014, Rome, Italy

Research Group

Carlos Pita Rua
ULHT, PhD candidate
Carlos Smaniotto Costa
LE3P (coordinator)
Diogo Mateus
Ricardo Malhão
ULHT, PhD candidate
Tiago Duarte
ULHT, PhD candidate
Tiago Queiroz
ULHT, PhD candidate