O2 creates Europe’s largest free Wi-Fi zone… in London

O2 creates Europe’s largest free Wi-Fi zone… in LondonThere’s lots going down in our nation’s capital this year, what with the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee and that.

Mobile network O2 – one of the Big Five here in the UK – is giving Londoners more cause for celebration, with the announcement of Europe’s largest free Wi-Fi zone.

O2 has struck a deal with Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, ultimately giving residents and visitors access to free Wi-Fi.

The Metro wireless network will be installed from this month, and it’s part of O2’s grand plan to introduce free Wi-Fi across the UK. You might remember Martin scribbled about it waaay back in January 2011.

Derek McManus, O2’s COO, 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 Wifi, which is open to everyone, and also intelligently enhance our services at street level, where people need the network the most.”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to “intelligently enhance” my lunch.

via: O2 News Centre

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matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 7, 2012 at 22:02

City-wide free Wi-Fi, isn't that a piracy dream :p? No-one would ever be able to categorically prove whether it was you or not...

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 9, 2012 at 06:50

Not too difficult to block relevant services to prevent this. Hard to do it for private businesses, but not on ISP level.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 9, 2012 at 11:56

Unlikely they've managed to block every free VPN service out there...especially as new ones are made everyday.

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 9, 2012 at 11:59

VPN services are secure and you can access them from your home. No need for public network.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 9, 2012 at 12:41

I somehow doubt that they're entirely impregnable, given the choice I'd (hypothetically), use someone else's network over using my own.

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