Ofcom has launched a proposal to grant Code Powers to Wifinity, enabling the operator to carry out street works in a bid to roll out its 20Mb domestic wireless broadband service.
According to Wifinity, it will be rolling out the new symmetric 4Mb, 10Mb and 20Mb service as part of its Wireless to Home product, which will be provided to densely populated areas such as student housing, blocks of flats and military barracks before the end of 2013.
In a statement, Ofcom said Wifinity is intending to deploy a number of wireless internet hotspots, comprising fibre optic cables located at a central point, with an external antenna fixed to a building that communicates through the same technology at other sites.
The external antennae is then connected to data cabinets through ethernet cabling positioned inside the building, which will end at wall-mounted wireless access points acting as both transmitters and receivers, to provide a “consistent and reliable wireless internet connection” to users nearby.
“The applicant plans to deploy and increase their wireless internet hotspots network across different areas of the UK in the next 12 months,” Ofcom states.
“This will allow the applicant to provide ‘pay as you go’ wireless internet services such as internet browsing, television, online gaming and voice over internet protocol.”
Currently, Wifinity operates a number of Wi-Fi hotspots for use by retailers, the MoD and visitors to holiday parks, but its latest plans are intended to boost the company’s offering considerably by the end of the year.
Ofcom revealed that the consultation is set to close on April 8th, with the regulator then making a decision at some point over the next six months.
There are not expected to be any objections to Wifinity’s proposals, though further clarification on its rollout plans may be sought.