London will have largest free Wi-Fi network in Europe
Jan 11, 2012, 08:21
In 2012 London will get the largest Wi-Fi network in Europe specifically for the 2012 Olympic Games and Queen's Jubilee. This service will provide mobile phone operator O2 in central districts of the capital of Great Britain – in Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea.
According to Westminster official representatives, more than million of tourists visit this London district and about quarter of a million London's population currently live there. They also say, that thanks to this network guests of the city will have an opportunity for easy Olympic photos and news exchange. Equipment for free Wi-Fi providing will be installed on the street lights and piles till March 2012.
Derek McManus, chief of the O2, characterized this agreement as revolutionary, which helps to provide high quality Wi-Fi to 2012 London Olympics. He mentioned, that company's long-term goal is to expand provided free Wi-Fi services and also to improve its quality on the streets, where people need Internet access.
Reports say that 120 subway stations will be connected to this service before Olympics. Nokia Corporation, based in Finland, also runs trials of 26 free Wi-Fi spots in different London districts and plans to turn it into full-operation mode.