City of London to receive free public wi-fi network
Apr 21st, 14:15 by Charlotte Whyatt
The London district known as The City of London is to receive a free public wi-fi network.
Berkshire based telecommunication company CITL have been selected to construct the multi-million-pound network alongside O2 which is expected to up and running by the beginning of Autumn 2017.
After this initial roll-out is completed, CITL will take complete control of the network and be solely responsible for any kind of maintenance or troubleshooting required.
4G transmitters will be fitted to a huge number of everyday stationary objects across the district including lampposts, street signs and buildings in order to enhance coverage at street level and make better wireless services available to the district's businesses, residents and visitors.
“Free, reliable, high-speed wireless internet is a must for any modern, competitive financial centre and that is why I am thrilled to have CTIL deliver this essential project for the Square Mile,” said Mark Boleat, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s policy and resources committee.
“Soon, residents, visitors and workers in the City will be able to enjoy uninterrupted wireless connectivity, and this project should ensure that wireless ‘black spots’ in the Square Mile become a thing of the past.”
It’s hoped that this installation will leave the district well placed to become an early adopter of the 5G technology that’s currently being trialled by the likes of EE and Vodafone.
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