Newcastle City Council today announced that they have struck a deal with GOWEX to install free Wi-Fi across key public areas.
Real Wireless were contracted to act as expert advisors in the process, assessing what the requirements for the tender process should be, comparing bids and, assisting in the assessment of bids against the requirements.
Part of Go Digital Newcastle, the scheme received Government funding via Broadband Delivery UK, and aims to deliver superfast broadband to 97% of the city by summer 2015.
A key objective of our work with the council was to ensure that the chosen solution provided the best return for this money. After all, local councils are not experts in wireless technology and solutions and nor should they be expected to be.
However many will still go ahead with implementing their own solution, despite the obvious technical and financial risks involved.
With the Go Digital Newcastle scheme operating on such a tight timeframe, Newcastle Council needed to take a more considered approach to ensure the best return for their money – hence seeking out Real Wireless for independent, expert advice.
After considering all the bids, Newcastle City Council decided on the solution proposed by GOWEX.
Based around the use of small cells mounted on existing public assets, it meant Newcastle council could minimise installation costs, whilst ensuring the maximum coverage possible.
As mobile data continues to boom, it is no surprise that more congested urban regions are starting to look to Wi-Fi offload as a solution to their worries. The reality is that, whilst it offers some respite, it is not the quick-fix panacea that they are looking for. Rushing to install a new solution without consulting any kind of industry expert could prove to be an increasingly expensive white elephant.
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