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Cardiff to benefit from expanded wireless network
Wednesday 31 October 2007 14:03:10 by John Hunt

Cardiff is to benefit from additional Wi-Fi network coverage as BT undertake work to identify key areas where the existing wireless network could be extended to other parts of the city. The existing coverage deployed under the 'Wireless City' project includes extensive areas of the city centre, the airport, parts of Cardiff Bay and the Millennium Stadium. Cardiff was one of twelve chosen by BT to benefit from a city wide wireless network.

"Through the work BT Openzone is doing in Cardiff, people will be able to get the most out of their Wi-Fi enabled devices. Whether it's a business person using BT Corporate Fusion , BT Office Anywhere or Intel Centrino Duo enabled laptop to access their emails , right through to a consumer using their BT Fusion Mobile, Internet Tablet or Wi-Fi enabled console to play games online, BT Openzone will help liberate the lifestyles and working practices of those in Cardiff."

Steve Andrews (Chief of Mobility), BT Group

The work to be funded by BT should provide a boost to consumers and businesses to allow them to get online easily from even more areas of the city.

Comments

Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
quote"The existing coverage deployed under the 'Wireless City' project includes extensive areas of the city centre, the airport, parts of Cardiff Bay and the Millennium Stadium."

Err heres a thought instead of supplying even more to locations that can get broadband already why dont they concentrate on giving certain areas in wales with no broadband a service instead??
Posted by csimon over 9 years ago
I'm quite surprised that Cardiff was chosen - since it is in Wales, is quite close to the sea (which obviously puts it at the extremities of the UK), and has a large natural obstacle between it and the major centre of population (London) - which apparently are the reasons why BT has not invested so much in my area, according to some learned people on these forums. On the other hand, Cardiff is a capital city. That could have more to do with it.
Posted by herdwick over 9 years ago
[q]why dont they concentrate on giving certain areas in wales with no broadband a service instead[/q] Because there is no money in it ? "Wireless Cities" is about providing unwired connectivity in urban areas of high population density. Cardiff has plenty of connectivity both telecoms and road / rail.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
Oh i see it was just another empty promise of having broadband throughout the country then.
Shame i feel sorry for some that still are limited to slow services or no broadband at all.
Posted by Jamiepw over 9 years ago
The way of thinking here is quite the opposite of what should be happening, there should be investment in getting Broadband to all and in the countryside this is done easily by wireless.

But NO!! what happens is that there is investment in the large Citys of which most have the ADSL/SDSL enbled Exchanges as well as the Fibre infrastructure.

It does not make sense.......
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
quote"It does not make sense......."

To them it does, it equates to screw our promises of broadband for all lets just try to make more money for the shareholders pockets.
Posted by Jamiepw over 9 years ago
I am part of a wireless ISP up in East Anglia and there are still areas that either cannot get it or get a flaky 256/512, so when we come along and provide a good 3Mbps+ service, it seems like christmas has come early.

I see your point about the shareholders, but when appx 70% of the population all live in the biggest cities/towns, then why should they bother with the rest of us.....

Posted by grapevine1 over 9 years ago
Part 1/. Well I am in S. Wales tooo, maybe all these trials choice of Cardiff being chosen for 21st Century and now this etc is to appease the Welsh for all the actions of a past General Manager Roy Cull, who looked extremly good as a manager when he saved so much of the capital cash by laying so much Aluminium cable etc, and the current actions of Openreach in the area of making sure sometimes that broadband is, supplied and maintained, just up to the OFCOM threshold minimum to get away with the numbers connected
Posted by grapevine1 over 9 years ago
Part 2/. in the UK on Broadband. What they should be looking at is supplying "quality" broadband that is always on and not intermittent. by ensuring that the line plant is maintained up to a good standard, and not just up to a standard that just about gets a
Posted by grapevine1 over 9 years ago
Part 3/. signal thro'. In addition it should and must be a condition that if any money is given, grant aided funding or from whatever source that is is to provide service across the board to all customers irrespective of their location in an exchage area, as all pay the same rental of line etc. Oh for the days of honour and equality of the old Post Office Telephones. Come on Government and OFCOM lets see you act responsibly for once.
Posted by PeteK over 9 years ago
Cardiff is BTs UK Hosting HQ, perhaps that has some leaning on it with the number of their IP / Lan solutions field staff trotting around?
Posted by herdwick over 9 years ago
"another empty promise of having broadband throughout the country" - the Welsh Assembly proclaimed it was doing something about notspots then seems to have gone cold on doing anything about it.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
Why should the welsh assembley do something about it, they were not the ones who a few years back that promised broadband for ALL.
Posted by grapevine1 over 9 years ago
Yep Well done Carpetburn, probably they made that statement to aid more grant aid. BUT did they provide the service. How many faults have we all reported to get NO response brom BT, then to find a message on our mobile that the fault has been cleared BUT the truth is the internal BT file shows the fault written off as no fault found!!!! Its time to hold BT to account.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
Im sick of BT, their outdated technology, their excuses and their lies, the sooner europe get a regulator here the sooner they can kick BTs bed partner ofcom up the backside and then deal with BT thereself.... God i hope its all french people i bet they will hate BT more than i do just cos of the company name lol
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