City of London to get Wi-Fi

By Derek Sooman on February 21, 2006, 5:05 PM
Plans have been unveiled to install a dense and comprehensive Wi-Fi internet network throughout London's Square Mile. The City of London Corporation announced the plans, which will be carried out in partnership with The Cloud, Europe's largest Wi-Fi network, who will be responsible for installing and managing the project. Expected to go live in a couple of months time, the network will utilise existing street furniture, including lamp posts and street signs. The aim will be for Wi-Fi-enabled devices to connect to the Net on streets and in open spaces.

George Polk, CEO of The Cloud, said the Wi-Fi network will "enhance the capabilities of the 350,000 or so City workers" by providing "easy access and user friendly terms for City businesses, workers and visitors alike."

Polk also said the network is designed to support secure access and private data networks for the emergency services and other public services customers in the City of London such as transport authorities."

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DragonMaster said:
All this for free... People will all close their ISP accounts, they just need a Wi-Fi card to get it!
barfarf said:
You think this would have already been implemented. Of course my question is how secure will it be?
Vaulden said:
My city has the same capability, but I'd rather keep my own ISP. The city guarantees no security. And the latency is horrible.
mentaljedi said:
Latency horrible? It probably would be but with it being London (Uk voted best country in the world and London being one of the most if not THE most expensive place to live), i wouldn't be surprised that it'll probably be better than anticipated. But then again, it won't be 8 meg Broadband...
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