O2 deploys large scale Wi-Fi network in London’s Canary Wharf

O2 (Telefonica UK) is deploying a high-capacity indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi network in the busy London Canary Wharf, one of the city’s premier business and shopping districts. They are using Ruckus Wireless Smart Wi-Fi products. The agreement between Canary Wharf Group, the owners and developers of Canary Wharf, and Telefonica O2 UK will see the new Wi-Fi network target a working population of over 100,000 people in an increasingly data-hungry mobile device user environment.

The new landmark project follows a previously successful high-density Wi-Fi deployment by O2 and Ruckus Wireless, deployed last summer ahead of the 2012 Olympics, to provide reliable Wi-Fi access within high-density locations across the boroughs of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea—a deployment that ultimately became Europe’s largest free Wi-Fi zone.

Targeted for deployment by the end of this summer, O2’s Wi-Fi service will meet the needs of some of the world’s leading professional services, financial, technology, media and telecoms firms located in Canary Wharf. O2 will also provide free Wi-Fi for the tens of thousands of weekly visitors to the cafés, shops, bars and restaurants that populate the Wharf in the evenings and on weekends. O2 will build a carrier-grade Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi infrastructure for both indoor and outdoor use.

In 2006, The Cloud (another UK Wi-Fi operator recently acquired by BSkyB) announced it was deploying Wi-Fi hotspots in the Canary Wharf area. I have no idea what happened to those hotspots.

Comments

  1. KimchiGUN says:

    Would be nice if they would disclose the model of equipment used…

  2. The Ruckus Wireless press release says O2 is using Ruckus ZoneFlex 7363 indoor 802.11n for indoor coverage and ZoneFlex 7782-N for outdoor coverage. To manage the outdoor infrastructure, O2 will use the Ruckus SmartCell Gateway (SCG) 200, a highly scalable WLAN controller and Wi-Fi gateway.