2012 is shaping up to be a big year for London and in a landmark deal the capital is set to get Europe’s largest WiFi zone, courtesy of O2.
The move follows a deal with Westminster City Council, Kensington & Chelsea City Council and O2, and comes as London prepares for an influx of visitors for the Olympics this summer and celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
From this month O2 is installing a Metro wireless network, starting in a limited area before rolling it out to the whole of Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea. When completed it will create the largest free WiFi hub in Europe.
Derek McManus, Chief Operating Officer for O2 said, “This ground-breaking 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 Wifi, which is open to everyone, and also intelligently enhance our services at street level, where people need the network the most.
This means more people will be able to browse the web, Google Maps or Facebook for free – an incredibly useful feature as the capital swells tourists.
Free WiFi is becoming more and more abundent at the moment. Tesco is introducing free WiFi in its largest stores and Nokia and Spectrum Interactive brought free WiFi to 26 hotspots around London in December.