05-May-2019

Government industry trends are showing public and free wifi are essential for cities and communities.

Go on Google and type “places with” and the results will need no explanation. “Places with wifi near me” come before anything else, including food and entertainment.

 Google Search Bar

Current figures speak volumes: 58% of EU citizens who need public services choose to go online says the EU Digital Economy Report*; there are currently 3.6 billion mobile internet users worldwide and 5 bn are expected by 2025 which would account for 61% of the population; 60% of connections are via smartphone, projected to grow to 79% by 2025; there are 9.1 bn IoT connections currently and they are projected to grow to 25 bn by 2025**.

But it’s not just about citizens. Public employees in government offices are more mobile and connected, while workers in the field, such as maintenance crews, are better protected with extended wifi connectivity.

Other important public connectivity users are public services and smart city solutions: city applications, e-city guides, smart energy metering, smart parking, digital display, smart health, smart video protection services all rely on a secure municipal wifi solution. There are over 250 smart city projects in approximately 200 cities around the world, the majority focusing on government initiatives, says a report from Navigant Research.*** These cities are going beyond open data policies to “the exploitation of a wide range of data sources and the establishment of city platforms for information sharing and use of analytics.” The use of this multitude of data requires enhanced, secured connectivity.

All this connectivity is stressing traditional network infrastructures, and visibly, the demand is only going to grow. With every connection, and every Internet of Things (IoT) system, the network becomes a gateway for a potential cyberattack. Therefore, a reliable, secure and high-performance wifi is moving to the top of the agenda for public sector organizations.

What is the basis of a reliable, secure, free public wifi access?

• An Enterprise-grade, ubiquitous connectivity, simply and manageably

• Minimal failure and optimal performance

• Data security for both individual users and connected objects

To help government organizations select the right solution for their public wifi and smart city networks, together with our experts, we have created a dedicated Public WiFi How to’s series.

Read the next blog in the series: How to build a solid public wifi network.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has developed an adapted WLAN product line that keeps in mind tourists and local citizens satisfaction, the IoT explosion and the latest standards. It was designed to be fit for the government industry. Are you exploring a wi-fi solution for your community or city? Explore the public wi-fi vendor comparison

*EU - Digital Economy and Society Index Report 2018 -  Digital Public Services
**GSMA – Mobile economy 
***More than 250 smart city projects exist in 178 cities worldwide 

Tags - Government, WLAN, Mobile Communications, Internet of Things

See the vendor comparison

 

Browse Blog Posts
Browse Blog Authors
About the author
Cristina Grigoras

Cristina Grigoras

Strategic industries marketing at Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

Cristina is Strategic Industries Marketing at ALE. She is a passionate marketing and communication specialist with over 10 years experience in telecommunications, the media and advertising. Before this role, she was Services and Professional Services Marketing-Communications with ALE. But also Brand and Strategy Manager in business media, advertising and the publishing industry. 

Her blog posts focus on industry trends, customer experiences and our own champions' stories. 

Twitter LinkedIn
Latest Posts
11-Aug-2020
Banner 1200 x 299- Education Continuity-Lessons learned Blog Lessons learned

Educators need security for back-to-class and remote learning to ensure privacy, education continuity, and classroom control while driving student success.

11-Aug-2020
Banner 1200 x 299- Education Continuity- Successful interactive learning blog Successful, interactive learning in remote classrooms

Educators need strategies for remote learning that leverage learning management systems to enable student success. These strategies must include the use of secure multi-media and IT technology.

29-Jul-2020
blog-pageheader-1200x299 Why diversity is good for business

A diverse team has an unquestionable advantage over one where strengths and skills are the same. However, the advantage only materializes if all members have the same access to the game. Today all employees are joining a global virtual event to celebrate our individuality and our power as a connected and inclusive Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise.   

16-Jul-2020
blog-pageheader-1200x299 Redesigning your guests’ journey

Digital hospitality solutions can enable a safe, efficient, contactless guest experience as the industry navigates the post-pandemic world.

16-Jul-2020
blog-pageheader-1200x299 Hospitality reduces employee contact, improves operations

Digital hospitality solutions are key to minimize face-to-face contact to deliver back-of-house services.

15-Jul-2020
blog-pageheader-1200x299 Hospitality 2020: A safer environment with improved security

Technology can deliver a safe and secure environment for travelers, guests, and employees and help reinvigorate the hospitality industry.

Read More
Industry Perspectives