Jul 26, 2012

Free Wi-Fi for London during Olympics

Heading for London Olympics with your smartphone? You may enjoy internet service without shelling out money, as a free Wi-Fi service has been launched for the extravaganza.

A deal between Westminster City Council and a leading network provider will give free Wi-Fi services to users in Central London during the Olympics and much after it gets over, the BBC reported.

The network will initially cover Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Parliament Square. Other areas will be covered eventually, with Covent Garden next.

The deal between Westminster City Council and UK's leading network provider O2 will make WiFi services available to all internet users free of cost with downloads upto 24 Mbit/s, regardless of their current provider, in central London's West End.

Councillor Philippa Roe, leader of Westminster Council, said the free Wi-Fi was part of a "long term project to help make London one of the most technology-friendly cities in the world."

The project funded by O2 will make use targeted advertising to recover the costs.

Internet users will get to use the free services after completing a single registration process. Unlike other service providers, O2 hotspots will remain free even after the Olympics have ended.

By the end of July, 80 London Underground stations will have Wi-Fi access, but this will only be free for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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