City of London Square Mile to get complete Wi-fi coverage by end of year

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The City of London Corporation is to set up almost complete Wi-fi mesh network coverage within the Square Mile by the end of this year, by installing transmitters in street furniture.

Opting for a mesh network means that it’s easier to offer continuous Wi-fi coverage rather than using individual unlinked hotspots, where connections would have to be dropped and reconnected.

It’s being aimed primarily at businesses for whom the Corporation says uninterrupted network access could add a lot of value – for example in maintaining VoIP calls between locations.

Encryption is using the newer WPA data encryption standard.

No word on what it will cost to use. The Corporation claims that this is the first network of its kind in the world.

The City of Norwich is already establishing what sounds like a very similar scheme.

Andy Merrett