Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Public wifi network to be established in Camden

Camden council will take a major step forward in enhancing our digital infrastructure for residents through a new deal with Arqiva to deliver public Wi-Fi to streets and open spaces across the borough.  The aim is to make Camden one of the most digitally connected places in Europe.

Camden has led a group of councils across London to secure deals that will provide a wireless network where residents, businesses and visitors will be able to access 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi services every day using registered devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets.

Participating councils include Hackney, Islington, Brent, Merton, Haringey, Hounslow, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Fulham and Barnet.

Independent of the 30 free minutes, users of the service will be able to access Camden Council’s online services free of charge 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The contract with Arqiva provides substantial financial incentives for Camden and will help to deliver the objectives of the Camden Plan to make the borough a place where "everyone has a chance to succeed and where nobody gets left behind."  

Income will be generated for the Council over the 10 year life of the contract will be used to support digital innovation in local firms and tackle digital exclusion - 14% of Camden's residents do not use the internet.

The new tech infrastucture will be a substantial boost to local businesses, driving further innovation in advertising and Camden-relevant apps. 

The service will be rolled out across the borough from 1 June 2013 to the end of 2014, covering areas which will have the highest demand first. Phase one will target the South of Camden in areas of high footfall. 

The remaining phases will cover:

*           Camden Town and Kentish Town
*           Kilburn, Finchley, Hampstead and Belsize Park

See report in today's Standard http://www.standard.co.uk/news/techandgadgets/camden-launches-free-onstreet-wifi-8614836.html

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