Rose Kennedy Greenway’s free Wi-Fi getting a speed upgrade

Brookline artist Janet Echelman’s sculpture, “As If It Were Already Here,” at the Greenway.
Brookline artist Janet Echelman’s sculpture, “As If It Were Already Here,” at the Greenway.

One of Boston’s signature parks is getting a tech upgrade.

The Rose Kennedy Greenway is boosting its free wireless Internet access, giving visitors faster speeds and better coverage along the 1.5-mile chain of public spaces.

The new equipment will provide connection speeds of 10 megabits per second, which is slower than most modern office connections but relatively comparable to speeds provided by phone carriers in the region. The Greenway says the faster speeds will allow users to stream videos or listen to online music in addition to more basic uses, like sending e-mail.

The Greenway says its Wi-Fi network has been used nearly 400,000 times since it was first installed in 2010, with some 107,000 log-ons last year alone. The upgrade project expected to wrap up by the end of September.

“As a global city, it is important that we continue to expand broadband access to improve the lives of residents and visitors, and increase the success of local businesses,” Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a news release.

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, a nonprofit that manages the parkland for the public, didn’t immediately respond to questions about the cost and funding behind the upgrade. The conservancy gets about 60 percent of its budget from private sources, with about 40 percent coming from the state.