The council claims that more residents, businesses and visitors will soon benefit from better and faster mobile connectivity in Croydon following a deal to boost 4G coverage across all networks.
Network service provider Freshwave is to instal additional small cells which enhance 4G coverage at more than 40 sites, including Norwood Junction, Thornton Heath and Purley High Street.
The council’s open-access contract with Freshwave is a non-exclusive scheme that works with all phone providers to give an improved mobile signal.
The first phase of Croydon’s 4G installation started last year when small cells were installed in central Croydon. Freshwave installs 4G small cells on to shareable council-owned lamp posts, boosting the network for users in these high-demand locations and paving the way for 5G technology.
In a press release from the Fisher’s Folly propaganda bunker, the council said, “Improving mobile and broadband connectivity across Croydon is a priority in the council’s digital strategy, with benefits including greater productivity for local companies, more employment opportunities and attracting new businesses.”
“Croydon Council continues to have discussions with other telecoms companies interested in further developing the borough’s open-access 4G connectivity,” the press office stated, somewhat lamely.
Simon Frumkin, the CEO of Freshwave, was quoted as saying: “It’s great that this pioneering open-access approach has been such a success in Croydon. Smart cities need the right connectivity and the open-access model can really speed up the process for turning planned improvements into a reality that make a noticeable difference to local residents and businesses.”
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