I have to say that this is a great bit of news but why just London, yes its to likely co-inside with the 2012 Olympics but this type of thing should be rolled out across many cities, as London is not the only attraction for visitors, my home city of Liverpool is as well.
“Mobile operator O2 is to provide free internet to “millions” of residents and visitors in central London by launching Europe’s largest free wi-fi zone.
The service will be rolled out across the boroughs of Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea in 2012.
It will be powered by a system installed on street furniture.”
More from the article at BBC News HERE
This is a bit of superb news and as an O2 mobile and Internet user I find O2’s service fantastic and this just adds a bit more to the service and for non O2 users as well. I can imagine that the rollout will be a gradual one past starting with all the O2 store sites that they are starting with, with a target of 2013.
“O2 outlines plans to offer seamless, fast and free internet for all, in venues across the country
O2 today announces its plans to deploy a market-changing public Wi-Fi platform in the UK, with the launch of O2 Wifi. O2’s premium hotspots will be managed through partnerships with key venue owners and will be open for all customers to access for free, no matter which mobile or broadband provider they are with.
O2 is aiming to create a scaled Wi-Fi platform that will be at least double the number of premium hotspots currently offered by BT Openzone and The Cloud combined by 2013. It will begin rollout immediately by replacing its existing 450 Cloud hotspots in its retail and office estate. It will continue to extend the reach and scale of O2 Wifi through partnerships with strategic venues, to include shops, restaurants, retail outlets and outdoor and indoor locations across the UK.”
Read the full article HERE