- Published: 30 November 2022
TIP OpenWifi is being trialled by Dublin City Council to expand the free-to-use Wi-Fi network in the city centre and beyond as part of the WiFi4EU programme.
A partnership between Dublin City Council and Virgin Media Business to provide free Wi-Fi in the city centre is trialling a new open-source network architecture that enables multi-vendor interoperability.
Telecom Infra Project (TIP) OpenWiFi will allow the Council to seamlessly mix and match additional access points and controllers from any TIP OpenWiFi-compliant manufacturer, enabling it to easily expand the city centre network.
The free-to-use public Wi-Fi service was first announced in summer 2021, when the city council partnered with Virgin Media Business to provide free internet across 30 locations in Dublin with internet speeds of up to 500Mbps.
The initiative is part of the WiFi4EU programme, which is in turn part of a €120m Europe-wide plan to provide communities with better Wi-Fi connectivity in public spaces and places. It is funded through the EU and the Department of Rural and Community Development.
In 2018, the European initiative granted €885,000 in funding to provide 59 public areas across Ireland with free, open-access Wi-Fi.
TIP OpenWiFi allows network selection based on use case rather than a single vendor’s products and facilitates the independent replacement and upgrading of components. It is compliant with the technical requirements of the European Commission’s WiFi4EU initiative
The city council is installing Wi-Fi 6 access points that are compliant with TIP OpenWiFi as a ‘trial of open, disaggregated solutions’ for potential use in the city’s public Wi-Fi network.
“A smart city is built around collaboration and openness,” said Jamie Cudden, Smart City programme manager at Dublin City Council.
“We are delighted to be trailing Wi-Fi options that are built with an open-source architecture that enables multi-vendor interoperability.”
Smart Dublin is a programme designed to enhance digital skills, literacy and accelerate innovation across the city. Founded by the four Dublin local authorities, it aims to future-proof the Dublin regions by trialling technology solutions to address a wide range of local challenges.
Noel O’Reilly, business products and solutions manager at Virgin Media Business, said that his company is recognised for providing ‘clever tech’ with “ultrafast speeds and ultra-reliability”.
“We’re industry leaders offering our customers the latest technology and it just made sense to trial Dublin City Council’s Wi-Fi network using TIP OpenWiFi standards as part of our innovation partnership with the council.”
Autor(en)/Author(s): Vish Gain
Quelle/Source: Silicon Republic, 22.11.2022