London to Get Free Municipal Wi-Fi Network

Posted: 09/01/2012 in Marketing
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The UK’s capital city, London is set to get Europe’s largest contiguous free Wi-Fi coverage zone following an agreement between local authorities and Telefonica O2.

Free Wi-Fi access will be available throughout Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea once the Metro wireless network is installed on the street furniture. It will initially be rolled out in a limited number of areas and then throughout the boroughs over the longer term.

O2 will begin installing the network in January 2012

O2 Wi-Fi launched in January 2011 with the ambition to roll out free, fast and open Wi-Fi, via strategic partnerships, across the UK.

Cllr Philippa Roe, Cabinet Member for Strategic Finance at Westminster City Council said:

Derek McManus, Chief Operating Officer for O2 said, “This groundbreaking deal – the first of its kind in the UK – will see us deliver high quality connectivity across London in time for London 2012. Our longer-term aim is to expand our footprint of O2 Wi-Fi, which is open to everyone, and also intelligently enhance our services at street level, where people need the network the most.

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