Gigabit WiFi Network Launch

The City of London Corporation has launched a world leading free-to-use Gigabit WiFi network offering City workers, residents and visitors individual user speeds of up to 100 megabits per second across the Square Mile. The multi-million pound project is one of the largest investments in wireless infrastructure ever seen in London. Over 120 WiFi access points have now gone live across the City with a further 30 locations being completed between October and November 2017, using City of London street furniture. A map of these locations can be found on the City of London website. The network utilises cutting edge technology which will revolutionise wireless connectivity throughout the Square Mile, offering unprecedented speeds and coverage levels. The network will require a one-time only registration, and will allow users to enjoy high bandwidth services such as video calling. The Gigabit WiFi network has been delivered and will be operated by O2, in conjunction with the City’s wireless delivery partner Cornerstone Technology Infrastructure Ltd (CTIL) as part of a 15 year contract awarded that will transform WiFi and mobile connectivity in the City. CTIL has already commenced building a network of over 400 4G mobile “small cells” using City street furniture, which will provide enhanced mobile coverage at street level, eradicating mobile network black spots, which exist in dense urban areas. The small cells will be deployed by March 2019 and will be the first deployment of its kind to date in the UK, ensuring that the City is best placed to become an early adopter of 5G which is widely expected to become available in 2020.