Friday, February 24, 2006

London wide Wi-fi network

I’m a little late on this one but it seems there are some serious plans to have a large wi-fi network set up covering the entire City of London, do note the City of London area is only a small segment of what most consider London city and doesn’t cover the consumer focused areas such as Oxford Street, Piccadilly or Covent Gardens. The project is expected to be completed within the six months with the first parts up and running within the next few weeks. Aimed at the 350,000 workers in the business/financial district, this would become the largest wi-fi network in Europe.

Given the number of handheld wi-fi enabled devices available now, including PDAs, mobile phones and game systems I think this is a move we can expect to see in many more cities, although it will be interesting to see how the plan is financed (there is no mention of cost in the initial releases). Personally I normally carry at least one wi-fi enabled device with me at any given time and a network like this would be great for getting a little extra use out of these devices, even if it just downloading a new video to my PSP while at work for example.

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