Small cells will use street objects like lampposts, street signs, buildings and CCTV columns.
CoLC Policy and Resources Committee Chairman Mark Boleat said: “As the world’s leading financial hub, we are thrilled to bring our wireless connectivity up to speed.
“At a time when other major financial centres are competing with us, the Square Mile is boosting its appeal through initiatives such as this. The new service will allow City workers to become better connected than ever before.”
CoLC said that due to the combination of the Square Mile’s tall buildings and narrow, historic streets, mobile service has remained unreliable to some of the 400,000 City workers and 10 million yearly city visitors.
The new service will help in easier adoption of 5G technology, which is expected to be launched by the end of this decade.
Deputy Mayor of London for Business Rajesh Agrawal said: “Fast and reliable digital connectivity is crucial for businesses and I’m really pleased the City of London Corporation is taking this significant step in improving speed and coverage in the Square Mile.
“The Mayor is committed to improving London’s connectivity, including tackling the capital’s ‘notspots’ and ensuring providers have better access to public-sector property for digital infrastructure.”
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