London launches 'world-class' wireless network to boost capacity

The city government expects the service to surpass one recently rolled out in New York.

By Tom Macaulay
Jan. 11, 2017


Future hopes for London broadband

The announcement is not the first grand government claim of an enviable future for broadband. In 2012, culture secretary Jeremy Hunt promised that Britain would have the "best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015".

Unlike the pledge made by Hunt's five years ago, this one appears to have a solid strategy in place to back up the words.

More than 400 'small cells' will be built in the coming months using street objects such as lampposts and buildings to boost the strength and reliability of the current coverage that the city's tall buildings and narrow streets have historically limited.

"The Mayor is committed to improving London's connectivity, including tackling the capital's 'notspots' and ensuring providers have better access to public-sector property for digital infrastructure," said deputy mayor for business Rajesh Agrawal.

The network is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by May of this year. The chosen provider will be announced in the next few weeks.

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