Newcastle City Council has announced plans to introduce free WiFi to the city centre.
It’ll be available to visitors and residents across the city, in public buildings, on streets and potentially also on Newcastle’s Metro railway system.
WiFi platform provider Devicescape says Virgin Media has signed a contract for the supply of its WiFi service platform, which will make it easier for customers to connect to WiFi hotspots outside the house.
Devicescape currently manages a ‘curated virtual network’ of 20 million hotspots worldwide. It expects to have 1.1 million of these hotspot locations in the UK by 2017.
But more than half will be carried on WiFi rather than cellular
Cisco’s Visual Networking Index report, which forecasts mobile data traffic for the next four years, anticipates an almost 11-fold increase in global mobile data from 2013 to 2018.
A total of 190 exabytes of data (190 billion gigabytes) is expected to be consumed on mobile devices in 2018; that’s the equivalent of every person on earth streaming a YouTube video clip every day.
Announces smart watch and combined hotspot/projector device
The newly-independent ZTE Mobile Devices division has used this week’s International CES electronics show to reveal a range of mobile-related equipment.
New smartphones from the company include the flagship ZTE Grand S II, which offers voice recognition unlocking and voice-activated photography.
Wireless consultancy Real Wireless says the UK is is likely to suffer a spectrum crunch in 2020 unless more bandwidth is made available for mobile and WiFi services.
Around 300MHz more cellular spectrum and 350MHz more WiFi spectrum is required, according to the company.