Talks to use church spires for wifi and phone signal in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire

WiSpire. Picture: SIMON FINLAY

WiSpire. Picture: SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

A Norfolk project which uses church towers and spires to boost internet and mobile coverage in rural areas is looking to expand into Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Church commissioner MP Dame Caroline said work was now under way to match 'not-spots' for internet coverage to church assets to see where the signal boosters could and should be installed.

She told MPs about the WiSpire project in Norfolk, which has provided wi-fi internet signal boosters across the Diocese of Norwich's churches. She said there was no reason why a wi-fi or mobile phone signal booster could not be added to ancient or even listed churches.

David Broom, business development manger for Wispire, said the two dioceses were a 'natural next step'. While they are still focussed on not-spots in Norfolk they are in discussions with St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and Ely about the next phase of the roll-out.