back to article opens £250k competition to tackle first-world problem of crap conference Wi-Fi

Fiddling around with crap conference Wi-Fi is an occupational hazard for attendees. But today the UK government has dug deep to produce the princely sum of £250k to tackle this national problem. The competition is part of the government's Tourism Sector Deal: an desperate attempt to help Britain attract more international …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Won't somebody think of the contention ratio?

  2. Christian Berger Silver badge


    Hire competent people to set it up?

    Tell people not to spam SSIDs?

    Use 5 GHz?

    So far the conferences I go to manage to get WIFI just fine... even with 16k visitors... on a budget far smaller than 250k.

    One should also note, that there are conditions that make it more or less hard. Huge halls, for example, are harder than small rooms where the walls will shield the signal.

    1. Roland6 Silver badge

      Re: Uhm...

      >Hire competent people to set it up?

      Step one: understand it won't be cheap, but it also need not cost an arm-and-a-leg.

      Step two: hire competent people to design a conference WiFi system in the first place.

      There are AP's and associated WiFi infrastructure kit designed for deploying in Conference centres, lecture theatres, halls, stadiums etc.

      Step two: Purchase a decent internet connection. If you're worried about cost then go for a bandwidth-on-demand style of service, so you only have the high capacity connection when there is an event - paying for it.

      1. Christian Berger Silver badge

        Re: Uhm...

        Well that's perhaps the difference between the conferences I go to and other ones. The ones I go to the competent network people volunteer to do this.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    International conferences in the UK?

    ROFL. Post Brexit there won't be any worthy of the name. One company that I worked for pre-BREXIT vote had a simple policy for EU Travel and a 'Heads I Win, tails you lose' policy for anything outside the EU apart from Switzerland and Norway.

    Didn't the FT report only this week that a conference that was due to be held in London next year had been moved to Paris (or might have been Dublin)?

    Look at all those lovely conference centres going to waste. More public money down the drain and don't forget the knock on effects wrt, Hotels, restaurants etc etc.

    And this was going to be so effing easy.

    I'm just waiting for the first of the hard liners to disappear off to their tax haven leaving the rest of us to rot.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: International conferences in the UK?

      >>I'm just waiting for the first of the hard liners to disappear off to their tax haven leaving the rest of us to rot<<

      James Dyson

      Jim Ratcliffe


  4. StuntMisanthrope Bronze badge

    Sector by sector.

    Interesting, that’s one down. Who makes the AP’s and gateways. #bedroomtax

  5. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "help Britain attract more international business events"

    Yeah, Brexit is going to make it so much easier to capture all those European company conferences, isn't it ?

    And the Japanese, Chinese, Indians and South Americans are just clamoring for the privilege of spending a day in a plane to get to the UK to chatter and feast on stale fish.

    Another success story in the making.

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: "help Britain attract more international business events"

      On the bright side, at least they aren't trying to promote some non-existent VR solution to attending conferences without using air travel and all the problems that come with it such as wasted time and energy not to mention all that extra high altitude pollution to make the UK "carbon" free by some far to soon and unrealistic target year.

  6. Oh Homer

    "weak pound is enoguh"?

    Listen, Prince Muhammed Ozabogal, I told you before, I don't want your Grandfather's inheritance.

  7. Stuart Halliday

    What? You can't just put a Router in the Hall and give everyone the passphrase?

    Said a Government IT Manager.

  8. Velv Silver badge

    Maybe I’m missing something, but isn’t this the type of contention problem that 5G claims to solve?

    1. Roland6 Silver badge

      It is irritating that much that gets written these days on WiFi is focused on the home and not the business environment... So it would be useful to see some comparative evaluation of 802.11 using band steering and 5G. However, even here it would need to be 802.11 band steering along the lines Aruba implemented,namely: one sign-on channel/SSID, and multiple channels for associated clients, with the redirection and AP association, fully and dynamically managed by the network.

  9. Diez66

    They will need to bring, if they can get past the border, their own food.

    This will also sort out the curly sandwiches, problem, at the same time.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Maybe they could spend that money in sorting out there own wifi - I hear it's truly abysmal

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