Liberty Living partner with ASK4 to create new Wi-Fi network


Liberty Living has contracted with ASK4, the UK’s leading supplier of high-speed Internet solutions and managed data services for student accommodation, to a major new deal for the provision of Wi-Fi services across its nationwide portfolio. Customers across Liberty Living's student residences will enjoy Wi-Fi services throughout bedrooms and communal areas following a major upgrade to Liberty Living's broadband infrastructure by August 2014.

Residents arriving at Liberty Living's accommodation this September will have ready access to Wi-Fi networks that facilitate the growing demand for convenient high-speed Internet – all backed-up by ASK4's comprehensive 24/7/365 support team. The work is part of a rolling investment programme by Liberty Living and forms part of our commitment to provide an unrivalled student experience.

The project – which commenced in Sheffield, ASK4's home city – will result in the provision of an up to 20Mb/s Wi-Fi service across all residences*. This will provide students with full access to the Internet from any bedroom, studio apartment, communal kitchen or common room and will enable families, friends and guests to get online when visiting too.

“We have worked very successfully with Liberty Living for many years and are delighted they have chosen us as their partner to provide Wi-Fi across their estate” said Jonathan Burrows, ASK4’s Managing Director. “Wireless Internet is largely expected of student accommodation providers in today's market – Liberty Living's commitment to overhaul its Internet service provision across the entire portfolio demonstrates this point perfectly.”

“Our two companies have a very similar ethos and a clear focus on delivering a fantastic service to all customers – which we believe is reflected in the ongoing partnership and scale of undertaking,” he added.

John Kenny, Chief Operating Officer of Liberty Living, commented: “Our network infrastructure investments have increased in recent years as we continue to focus on the innovative use of IT to add value to our service proposition. We recognise that superb Internet provision is a key facet of service expectation for today’s student, our customer, and moreover that our business is increasingly operationally dependent on IT at every level. Liberty Living has partnered with ASK4 to design a new infrastructure spanning our complete portfolio, using high bandwidth Ethernet and wireless technology that will not only deliver a robust network but also enable Liberty Living to expand operationally and commercially without worrying about the extra demand on the network.”

*Exceptions to this service include: Liberty House, Cardiff, internet and Wi-Fi services will be supplied by ASK4 in blocks D, E and F. Blocks A, B and C will have internet and Wi-Fi services supplied by Cardiff Metropolitan University. Liberty Dock, Leeds, internet and Wi-Fi services will be supplied by the University of Leeds. Liberty Court, Newcastle, Wi-Fi services only.