Birmingham Plans Municipal Wi-Fi Deployment
Published on: 23rd Jul 2013
The UK city of Birmingham has approved plans to deploy a Municipal Wi Fi network across the city centre.
The city council signed a contract with Virgin Media Business who are to be given permission to use city street furniture (lamp-posts and CCTV columns) to enhance 3G and roll out further 4G capacity to mobile broadband users.
In return, the council would benefit from an income stream for the access rights to use the street furniture.
Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City at Birmingham City Council, said: "This project will dramatically accelerate mobile broadband investment in the city.
"In recent years, we have seen an exponential growth in demand for connectivity with smartphones and tablet computers becoming every day items driving significant increases in the volume of data across mobile networks."
"This project puts us in a prime position to meet this growing demand and ensures that Birmingham will be one of the best connected cities in the UK."
The initial roll-out of the free Wi-Fi service would see access made available at key locations across the city centre where people congregate outside, such as Victoria Square, New Street, Moor Street, High Street, St Philip's Cathedral and the new Library of Birmingham.