Monday 20 June marks ‘World Wi-Fi Day’, a unique worldwide initiative organised by Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) under the leadership of Connected Community Forum. It is a celebration and acknowledgement of the great contribution that Wi-Fi brings to our daily lives, and a charter to ‘connect the unconnected’.

Wi-Fi is a crucial communication platform that supports keeping people connected when, where and how they need it. It has enabled us at BAI Communications (BAI) to deliver innovative solutions to enhance the experiences of our customer’s customers, which took on a new meaning with the outbreak of COVID-19.

The pandemic highlighted the importance of Wi-Fi, and connectivity in general. It showcased just how critical the ability to communicate with one another is for economic growth and social sustainability. Keeping people in contact during lockdowns and to support explosive growth in remote working and learning has been fundamental to navigating the pandemic for many.

In Toronto, BAI has funded, designed, built, and operates the communications infrastructure (Wi-Fi, cellular and IP connectivity) across the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway system. As an extension of our offering, BAI created a solution for the TTC to monitor station occupancy using anonymised Wi-Fi associated data to help facilitate social distancing in stations during the pandemic.

This year in celebration of World Wi-Fi Day we want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the importance of connectivity in all its many different forms. Under the banner of ‘A world of connectivity – celebrating World Wi-Fi Day’ this week we will share how through our projects around the world, we are supporting the WBA’s mission to reduce digital poverty in rural, regional, and urban environments.

We look forward to sharing more examples and stories throughout the week.

Read more in our series: 

Celebrating World Wi-Fi Day – connecting Sunderland

All aboard: Connected fleets are coming, and passenger Wi-Fi is just the beginning