People in central Cambridge can soon access Wi-Fi for free.
With the University of Cambridge collaborating with Connecting Cambridgeshire, Cambridge City Council and the Cambridgeshire County Council to launch a year-long trial of the free public Wi-Fi network, people with Wi-Fi-enabled devices can access all their favourite content even when on the move.
The free public Wi-Fi network will be launched on 23 June, and is expected to become operational just before the Tour De France hits Cambridge on 7 July.
According to the official website of Connecting Cambridge, Wi-Fi points have been installed at more than 20 locations throughout central Cambridge. Wi-Fi access points have been set up atop street lamp posts, CCTV poles and various public structures.
Specially designed but traditional looking lamp posts have been built to secretly house Wi-Fi routers.
Important public locations where the latest Wi-Fi units have been installed include the Senate House, King's Parade and the market area.
Wi-Fi service under the free public Wi-Fi initiative will be provided by British Sky Broadcasting (BskyB) owned Wi-Fi provider The Cloud which has approximately 22,000 Wi-Fi access points and hotspots across the United Kingdom.
The free public Wi-Fi network trial seems a good initiative, but its time of launch should have been taken care of at least by the University of Cambridge.
With the Tour De France slated to hit Cambridge in a week's time, the Wi-Fi service providers seem to have taken the "impress foreign delegates" route as is evident from the hurried mechanism that is being put in place in order to make the free Wi-Fi service fully operational before 7 July.
Nevertheless, if you are in central Cambridge, just hop into a bus and enjoy all your multimedia content on the internet. Enjoy it while it lasts! Don't forget to thank the Tour De France though.