The UK Government this week gave a boost to the roll-out of wireless broadband internet ‘hot spots’ at public venues such as cafÃ©s and hotels by freeing up extra room on the radio spectrum.
It will change radio licensing regulations to allow commercial operators to offer wireless services in part of the 5GHz spectrum.
The changes, which take effect next month, are expected to pave the way for an explosion in the number of wireless local area network (WLAN) access points around the UK.
Use of the 5GHz spectrum in addition to the existing deregulated space at 2.4GHz will allow operators to provide faster and more secure networks.
WLAN services – also known as wi-fi – enable users to enjoy high-speed internet access and other advanced multimedia services via a laptop or other portable device.