Air Broadband to defy ‘iffy wifi’

Air Broadband were in the news this week when regional Mayor James Palmer came to visit our team in Ely and Soham.

Air Broadband have been commissioned by the Combined Authority to accelerate digital connectivity in Ely and Soham. As well as extend free public WiFi by upgrading and installing kit to boost speeds and reliability. As a result, this will hugely increase coverage in the area. Air Broadband are using Ely Cathedral and Soham church to carry the network, a great synergy of the old and the new!

James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough:

“Connectivity and coverage are the name of the game and it’s a priority to end notspots, end iffy WiFi, and get the whole of Cambridgeshire linked in with highspeed broadband that works for everyone.”

“A thousand years on, I love the fact that our eleventh century cathedral is still at the hub, helping our 21st century Ely to reinvent itself for the future.

“Ely Free WiFi is a collaborative effort to address the needs of residents, market traders, shoppers, and tourists visiting the city. Covid-19 has shown us all that delivering top-notch click-and-connect digital has become even more important.

“More people now work or do lessons at home, or shop from home, more local businesses have seen the value of operating online. Digital infrastructure is a necessity, as essential to modern life as electricity or drains, and a must for the local economy.

As the project rolls out, Ely Free WiFi will go way beyond the city and merge with the world-class network that CambWiFi is evolving into.”

The network will go live in July.

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Image courtesy of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority