Work begins on Wi-Fi network for Swindon

Wednesday, May 30th 2012
A wireless broadband network is being rolled out across Swindon.
Work begins on Wi-Fi network for Swindon
Work is underway on the rollout of a new borough-wide 4G-powered wireless broadband network in Swindon.

The infrastructure will initially replace the existing connections at more than 60 council buildings, with the local authority claiming the service could lead to budget savings of £480,000, reports BBC News.

UK Broadband (UKB), which in February became the first operator in this country to deploy a 4G Long-Term Evolution system for commercial use, has been chosen to run Swindon's network.

Point-to-point and point-to-multipoint microwave links will be used to connect the 63 service sites, with UKB claiming the service will provide economical, high-speed internet access.

Hitesh Patel, Swindon Borough Council's board director for transformation and strategic projects, said: "This deployment will allow us to deliver next-generation services, while making substantial savings."

Digital City has previously attempted to deliver free Wi-Fi across Swindon with the help of local authority funding, but the project failed when the company went bust.

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