Fix the wi-fi or Web Summit will leave Ireland, warns founder

Fix the wi-fi or Web Summit will leave Ireland, warns founder
Paddy Cosgrave/. Pic: Paul Sherwood

The head of the Web Summit has threatened to pull the event out of Ireland unless the wi-fi problems which have dogged the event are resolved.

Paddy Cosgrave said the RDS has failed to provide an acceptable level of broadband for an event which is worth an estimated €100m to the Irish economy.

The Summit will be brought to a close this evening by U2 frontman Bono.

But speaking on the main stage this afternoon, Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave said the conference may not return.

“I just hope to God next year is a little bit better,” he said.

“And I’m really, really sorry for those of you who have been in here who’ve been unable to get wi-fi for three solid days now and I’m looking forward to a time where I can stand here and I ask: ‘Is there a problem with the wi-fi?’ and nobody raised their hand, and I believe that time will be 2015.

“Otherwise, we won’t be in this country very much longer.”

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