Sunderland City Council is planning to extend the local EduROAM Wi-Fi network into the city centre.
It is working with the University of Sunderland and its smart city partner Boldyn Networks to enable accredited users of EduROAM, developed as a Wi-Fi service for the higher education sector, to obtain connections beyond the university’s campus through the public Wi-Fi network.
The council said this will support remote collaboration and continuous learning among researchers and students, and boost access to online resources and educational content.
It also marks a significant step in making Sunderland the UK’s most advanced smart city.
The announcement is the latest stage in a partnership between the three parties to deploy advanced wireless 5G technology across the university’s campuses to support research, enhance teaching and the student experience as part of its smart city infrastructure roll out.
Enabling and inspiring
Patrick Melia, Sunderland City Council’s chief executive, said: “By placing the University of Sunderland at the forefront of innovation in 5G and internet of things technologies, we can enable and inspire students, businesses and residents across the city.
“Building on our proud, industrial heritage, we are now shaping the future of new and growing sectors via partnerships such as this with Boldyn Networks and the University of Sunderland. Sunderland is rapidly becoming a hub for the digital industries of the future with innovative skills provision at the heart of this evolution.”
Claire Venners, general manager at Boldyn Networks, said: “Boosting access to superfast secure connectivity plays a vital role in enhancing the city's attractiveness as a hub for high quality education and innovation. EduROAM will bring a wide range of benefits, from driving economic growth, stimulating entrepreneurship and attracting businesses.”