Angie Networks Ltd. announced this week that it signed an agreement with Slough Borough Council in the U.K. “to make Slough the first fully functional wireless gigabit and Smart City in the world, bringing fiber-fed wireless connectivity and Smart City solutions to Slough residents and businesses.”
For fans of Ricky Gervais and the original “The Office,” this is a goldmine for potential jokes given that the British mockumentary was set there, and given the time his character, David Brent, sat in front of his computer contemplating the web.
“Angie is working closely with Slough to bring cutting edge technology to Slough and its surrounding area. Slough is strategically placed as a leading business hub here in the U.K.,” Bob Snowden, CEO Angie U.K., says. “We are working with Slough and partners to bring the latest smart city technology to the area. Angie will finance the entire project, ensuring that Slough will have all the benefits and none of the financial or operational risks. Slough got the best deal possible for its residents and businesses.”
Angie has signed up Colt and Zayo, which are said to be two of the largest fiber and communications operators in the United Kingdom, to build fiber infrastructure deeper into all Slough neighborhoods off their existing infrastructure. The last hundred feet and into homes and business will be done through wireless technology.
“We will bring fiber to locations in Slough where it would have been uneconomical or expensive for the council. It is part of our commitment to the people of Slough. This way, everybody wins: residents, businesses, Slough Borough council and Angie and its partners,” Neal Lachman, Group CEO of Angie Communications International, reports. “With the likes of Zayo and Colt and several others already or coming on board as partners, we plan to emulate the Slough models, principles and modus operandi worldwide.”
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