Seamless Wi-Fi roaming comes to London's Canary Wharf

Seamless Wi-Fi roaming comes to London’s Canary Wharf

LONDON (UK) – Thanks to the successful commercial roll-out of OpenRoaming technology, residents and workers in London’s Canary Wharf can now experience superfast Wi-Fi broadband access. This spares them the hassle of logging into different networks.

This joint venture by Canary Wharf Group, broadband provider Virgin Media and technology firm Cisco enables devices to connect safely and automatically to Wi-Fi 6 networks, enabling hassle-free roaming from one hotspot to another, said the three firms.

According to Cisco UK and Ireland chief executive David Meads, this innovation was likely to help businesses adapt in the wake of the pandemic, adding that employees were unlikely to return to be tethered to their enterprise network for eight hours a day.

“Having the flexibility to access applications, wherever those applications sit in the cloud, without compromising security whilst on the move is a new dynamic that hadn’t really been appreciated to the degree we do now,” he said.

Meads said the Wi-Fi 6 facility in London’s second financial hub, which houses several major banking establishments, would take the strain off mobile networks.

“Where you have a dense population of people, whether it’s residential or from the workplace, with Wi-Fi 6 you have greater capacity than traditional mobile radio networks, greater range, higher reliability and reduced latency,” he said.

Users can make use of any network which is part of a Wireless Broadband Alliance Federation, including Google, Samsung, Virgin Meida, using OpenRoaming facility.

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