11:25 11 April 2017
The Square Mile is getting a more technically advanced wireless network that will allow users to enjoy features like video calling for free. A press release from O2 Telecoms said that the multimillion-pound project is one of the largest investments in wireless infrastructure in London to date.
Working with O2 is Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd, which has been awarded the 15-year contract to roll out and manage London’s new wireless network. The new network, which will be fully operational by autumn 2017, will deliver wireless service and is said to be more technically advanced than those found in other global financial centers like New York.
Cornerstone will provide enhanced mobile coverage at street level by constructing and housing 4G mobile small cells on lampposts, buildings, street signs and other street furniture.
Commenting on the news, Mark Boleat, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Policy and Resources Committee, said: "Free, reliable, high-speed wireless internet is a must for any modern, competitive financial centre. That is why I am thrilled to have CTIL deliver this essential project for the Square Mile. 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.”