10 January 2017

Faster Wi-Fi network for London City

The City of London Corporation (CoLC) announced that a new wireless network will be deployed in 2017 as proposals to expand free Wi-Fi and improve mobile coverage across the Square Mile area were approved.  The network will be rolled out from late spring 2017 and will pave the way for easier adoption of 5G technology, which is expected to be launched by the end of this decade. The provider that will deliver the network will be announced in the next few weeks. The new network will replace the existing free Wi-Fi service provided by The Cloud and will be available to residents, employees and visitors.


New equipment will provide gigabit speeds and see users able to access 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, CoLC said.


Over 400 ‘small cells’, which will be built in the coming months, will boost the strength and reliability of the existing wireless coverage by using street objects like lampposts, street signs, buildings and CCTV columns.

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