LONDON, 9 April 2021 – GlobalReach Technology is providing Passpoint technology for a new, outdoor free-to-use public Wi-Fi service at six London street markets. Delivered by innovative wireless infrastructure provider Ontix, the service is now available to local Westminster traders, customers, and visitors, providing vital connectivity support during COVID-19.
Soon to be available at Church Street, Berwick Street, Strutton Ground, Tachbrook Street, Maida Hill and Rupert Street markets, the new superfast service is part of an umbrella Wi-Fi network deployed by Ontix across Westminster. The use of GlobalReach Passpoint gives users an instant and secure connection, and seamless roaming onto all Wi-Fi hotspots at both Trafalgar Square and street markets, forever.
Made possible by downloading a one-time profile to their mobile device, Passpoint Wi-Fi removes the need for users to find and authenticate each time they want to get online.
Last year Ontix and GlobalReach delivered the first outdoor Passpoint Wi-Fi network in central London offering consumers enhanced connectivity and seamless roaming in Trafalgar Square. The first-of-its-kind Wi-Fi service runs alongside its existing small cell wireless network and an extension is now underway to connect other hotspots across Westminster as part of Ontix’ 10-year partnership with Westminster City Council.
GlobalReach has also deployed similar services in New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Jose, and elsewhere.
Barnaby Dickinson, chief operating officer, Ontix said: “By connecting the markets, Ontix is playing a crucial role in enabling business, residents, and visitors to stay connected, to keep trading, and to build vibrant, engaged, and digitally inclusive communities going forwards.”
Simon Vaughan, chief commercial officer, GlobalReach Technology said: “Internet connectivity plays an important role in the life of today’s traders and their customers. Passpoint means that those that work on the markets and returning visitors will be automatically online as soon as they set foot in the new network. It’s a better Wi-Fi experience that is supporting London communities to be commercial and competitive.”
Ontix is a UK-based next-generation wireless infrastructure-as-a-service provider. Ontix is making it cheaper, easier, and quicker for mobile operators and other wireless network providers to add wireless small cells to their networks through its turnkey solution. Ontix is changing the entire process for network densification by investing in shared small cell infrastructure – including connectivity – and licensing it to operators. This transformative business model enables operators to quickly benefit from small cells with 5G-ready connectivity at a much lower cost – with go-live in 8 weeks rather than 8 months.
We’re the leader in seamless Passpoint authentication, handling an average of more than half a billion Passpoint transactions on our Wi-Fi management platform every month.
We deliver high-performance Wi-Fi software, services, and analytics to help global operators, venues, and brands to connect millions of people, customers, and devices safely and automatically to Wi-Fi.
Our technology has proven scale, serving billions of authentications a year, and supports services for multiple national operators who in turn deploy large-scale Wi-Fi services.