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Announcements => News Articles => Topic started by: Bowdon on April 19, 2018, 10:29:19 AM

Title: Phase 1 of London’s Gigabit Capable 4G and WiFi Network Complete
Post by: Bowdon on April 19, 2018, 10:29:19 AM (

The “first phase” of a new Small Cell based 4G and wide-scale public WiFi network deployment in the UK City of London (Square Mile), which is claimed to be capable of “gigabit speeds“, has been completed. The roll-out forms part of a contract that is being led by the City of London Corporation.

The “multi million pound project,” which is described by the CoLC as being “one of the largest investments in wireless infrastructure ever seen in London,” was first announced at the start of 2017 and in April 2017 the 15-year contract for its construction and management was jointly awarded to O2 and Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure.

The new network will replace a much slower WiFi service from The Cloud (Sky Broadband) and intends to install many of its small cell distribution points, which use the Nokia Flexi Zone 4G platform, on top of local street furniture (e.g. lampposts, street signs, buildings and CCTV columns). In the future these could also be updated to support 5G Mobile coverage.

This week one of the companies involved in helping to support this work, Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS), has announced that the first phase of deployment is complete. The backhaul (capacity supply) for the new network is built on CCS Metnet, which claims to be using “the world’s only self-organising 5G microwave backhaul” that operates in the licensed area-based 28GHz band.

This is good news. Though I hope to see places outside London get much activity :)