London to become giant O2 Wi-Fi zone in time for Olympics

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O2 have announced plans to turn the UK capital London into Europe’s largest free Wi-Fi zone, just in time for the 2012 Olympics.

Hitting the areas of Chelsea, Kensington and Westminster first, O2 will be using existing street items to minimise disruption and clutter, as well as keeping the cost for tax payers at absolutely nothing.

Derek McManus, COO of 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 Wi-Fi, which is open to everyone, and also intelligently enhance our services at street level, where people need the network the most.

“Our £500m annual network investment programme is focussed on integrating new layers of technology into the existing network to enable a seamless and sustained customer experience. We are driven entirely by our customers’ needs and believe that services should be delivered in the best possible way, across multiple networks and supported by different technologies.”

Free to both O2 customers and those not signed up to the network, the roll out will begin this month.

Gerald Lynch