O2, the UK’s leading mobile phone and broadband provider, is set to roll out free internet access to millions of residents and visitors in the London boroughs of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea this year.
It will be the largest free wi-fi zone in Europe and will be powered by equipment attached to lamp posts and other existing structures on the streets of London. The roll out is set to begin in March and will allow the city to provide high quality connectivity in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Quoted in a article published on the BBC website, city councilor Philippa Roe was excited at the reach of this free wi-fi.
“Westminster welcomes over a million tourists a day, is home to 250,000 residents, employs over half a million people and sees 4,000 business starts-ups each year,” she said.
“Visitors to London will easily be able to share their pictures and updates of the Olympic events across social networking sites.”
Very cool! We just wonder how long it will take for Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and other Canadian cities to step up their efforts in providing free, high quality wi-fi across large, uninterrupted portions of the city. Wireless Toronto just isn’t comprehensive enough and we can only spend so much time in Second Cup and Starbucks!