Vancouver set for wireless future under new digital strategy

by Andrew Roach on April 4, 2013

Whilst our homes are littered with digital devices, our cities are still very much behind as they struggle to adapt to the digital revolution.

However, officials in Vancouver are set to bring forth a revolution as they look to become the first truly digital city in Canada.

Officials unveiled their first ever “digital strategy” which looks to enhance the use of Wi-Fi across the city including complete access in Granville Mall.

Furthermore, a lot of investment is being put in to boost the digital technology industry and encourage entrepreneurs to use the city as a base to start new companies.

As the leading figures unveiled their plans, a lot of emphasis has been placed on expanding the number of Wi-Fi hotspots throughout Vancouver.

It means that users will be able to access wireless access in much of the city center alongside some inner suburbs.

There will also be special focus to key destinations which will have Wi-FI access throughout the entire area with the Granville Mall highlighted as one of the main beneficiaries of the new scheme.

With Vancouver also being home to several successful digital start-ups, the government has also looked to put more money into the digital industry and help support companies that are based in BC.

Described as the “digital incubator” program, it means that the government will also offer incentives to keep upcoming digital firms based in the city as well as encouraging the growth of new companies.

Many officials are hoping that the new digital strategy within Vancouver will help the region become a leading global power in the technology industry. This was emphasised by a city report that was quoted in the Vancouver Sun saying that “these priorities will collectively help the city leverage digital technology to improve service, enhance open government, and enable the digital economy.”

It’s expected that the plan will cost around $30 million to implement the new strategy over the next couple of years with $28 million already in place to carry out the upgrades.

There has been a lot of fuss made by Vancouver’s leading councillors over digital devices such as Mayor Gregor Robertson’s backing of the V-Pole which would replace classic antennas with a new version that can support digital technology such as Wi-Fi.

The decision to turn Vancouver into a digital hub will certainly turn heads and with more and more products embracing new forms of technology, it could certainly be a move that turns the BC capital into one of the most bustling and innovative cities in the entire world.

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