Residents, employees and visitors to the City of London will be able to use a new world-class wireless network this year as proposals to expand free Wi-Fi and improve mobile coverage across the Square Mile have been given the green light.
A new network will replace the current free Wi-Fi service provided by the Cloud. State of the art equipment will provide gigabit speeds and see users able to enjoy high bandwidth services like video on demand over free City Wi-Fi for the first time.
The project is the single largest investment in wireless infrastructure ever seen in the city of London and will be rolled out from late spring 2017. The winning provider for the delivery of this work will be announced in the next few weeks.
London currently suffers from poor broadband speeds with four of the 12 constituencies with the worst superfast broadband being found in the capital – including the City and Westminster. London ranks 26th out of 33 European capitals in terms of broadband speed.
Over 400 ‘small cells’, which will be built in the coming months, will boost the strength and reliability of the current wireless coverage by using street objects like lampposts, street signs, buildings and CCTV columns.
The new service will pave the way for easier adoption of 5G technology, which is expected to be launched by the end of this decade.
For further information visit: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk