‘First-ever’ commercial deployment of OpenRoaming
Written by: Charlotte Hathway | Published:

Canary Wharf Group and Cisco have announced what they claim is the world's first ever commercial trial deployment of OpenRoaming.

OpenRoaming is a Cisco-led federation that combines mobile roaming with Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. Users can seamlessly switch between any network that is part of the federation, with devices securely auto-authenticated using established identity providers, such as the user’s service provider or device manufacturer.

“For the real estate industry, next generation connectivity is a critical utility. Extending the value of our services well beyond office space, our customers are demanding access to world-class digital infrastructure and connectivity,” says Sir George Iacobesco, executive chairman, Canary Wharf Group. “Canary Wharf Group is committed to creating an estate-wide environment in which businesses can thrive. As well as refreshing our provision for commercial customers, we are continuously evolving our offering to residents and visitors, and initiatives such as this ensure that we are able to do so. We’re delighted to be working with Cisco on this ground breaking initial deployment.”

Scot Gardner, chief executive, Cisco UK and Ireland added, “Secure connectivity is fundamental to the UK’s growth, and with best-in class Wi-Fi, as well as the seamless experience of OpenRoaming, Canary Wharf Group is providing the foundation for businesses to benefit from the digital economy.”

Canary Wharf Group is at the heart of the capital’s economy with 17 million square feet of commercial office and retail space. The estate has a working population of 120,000 people with an additional 40,000 visitors daily on weekdays and 130,000 visitors over the weekend.

Wood Wharf, a 5 million square foot regeneration project on the estate, will provide the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 connectivity to businesses and residents when it opens in 2020. The latest wireless standard is designed to deliver faster speeds, improved capacity, lower latency and longer battery life.

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