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Arqiva Advances in Public Space WiFi
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the exclusive rights to provide outdoor wireless connectivity to four further London Boroughs; Barnet, Harrow, Haringey and Brent. In addition, we are also set to provide a WiFi service to Medway and Southampton City Councils.
Beginning in high footfall areas such as high streets, roll-out of the services will take place over the next 12 months and will involve the breadth of our connectivity and capacity solutions, for example, 3G/4G small cells will be integral to provide indoor and outdoor coverage. Making use of our already extensive portfolio of phone boxes, rooftops and other buildings, we will also incorporate council-owned street infrastructure as part of the WiFi network install.
Having already secured agreements with five London Borough’s (Camden, Wandsworth, Hounslow, Islington, and Hammersmith and Fulham) for WiFi, these latest announcements further build on our credentials as a provider of high-speed outdoor connectivity in public spaces. We also provide WiFi to Manchester City Council and have signed contracts to provide services to Eastbourne and Colchester councils.
The WiFi service will provide residents and users with unlimited, free access to online council services 24/7 as well as providing the first 30 minutes of use per day for free.
“We are very happy to be working with an increasing number of local authorities and city centres to help them realise their digital ambitions with first-class WiFi connectivity. Our WiFi and small cells portfolio continues to go from strength-to-strength; over the past 15 months we have doubled the number of access points deployed.”
“Harrow is increasing in importance both as a business hub and a shopping centre, and we need to be able to offer our visitors and employees the ability to stay in touch while on the move. This innovative deal shows that whether you are a smart phone user checking email, dipping into a good book on a tablet or using a laptop for the office, Harrow town centre is tech-friendly and open for business.”
“The scheme underlines our determination to lead the way as we press ahead with ambitious regeneration that will see our town centres rubbing shoulders with the very best in London. Bringing free WiFi will make Haringey’s high streets more modern and competitive, encouraging residents to shop locally by giving them fingertip-access to more information about what is available in their community.”
“In these tough economic times it is important to give people the access to services in the most affordable, cost effective way possible. This exciting agreement provides local residents and taxpayers with a value for money deal and a free hi-tech service enabling access to the web.”
"Bringing this Wifi service to Medway will help all those who seek to go online while on the move. That's positive for all; from those coming here for business to all of our residents. We are happy to be working with Arqiva, which already provides high-speed connectivity to other councils, as making it easier for people to get connected is good for residents, good for visitors and will no doubt give local businesses a boost as well.”
“I’m delighted that Southampton is well on the way to becoming a leading digital city with residents and visitors soon able to have free access to the internet in a range of locations. There are a great many potential social and economic benefits to the city in providing such a service, and it aligns with our priority to promote Southampton and attract investment.”
Kathryn Finch Head of Public Relations
Tel: +44 (0)7813 459951