London now has a ‘world-class’ wireless network

How London is looking to boost future broadband capacity in 2019

Plans to expand free Wi-Fi and improve mobile coverage in the Square Mile have finally been completed this month announced London’s Mayor.

London’s wireless network is expected to radically transform the sluggish speeds of local broadband through the launch of a new cutting-edge gigabit Wi-Fi suitable for the new 5G network.

The new network will provide residents, commuters, employees and tourists with a new network in place of the old free The Cloud service currently in place, offering superfast speeds that support services such as video-on-demand over the free City of London Wi-Fi. This will be on par with New York.

“We want to bring affordable, gigabit connectivity to the Square Mile,” said chair of the policy and resources committee at the City of London Corporation, Mark Boleat, speaking at a launch event in the capital today.

London boasts a booming fintech scene, but its broadband infrastructure is a major impediment on its ambitions of being a leading global centre for the digital economy.  A number of tech companies are gearing up to offer similar advanced wireless networks for UK businesses in London

The city currently ranks 21th out of 33 in European capitals for download speed according to the Commons Library of the UK Parliament and is home to four of the country’s twelve constituencies with the worst superfast broadband.

An unfortunately timed tube strike didn’t make it the best day to promote London’s claim to being the best-connected city in the world, but Boleat said the proposal would surpass the scheme launched by that of its rival to the claim of the leading global financial centre, New York. The London plans involve a Wi-Fi mesh network rather than the hotspot network currently being rolled out in the Big Apple.

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