MOBILE OPERATOR O2 will provide free WiFi connectivity for the London 2012 Olympics, having signed the deal it started talking about in December.
The WiFi network will serve visitors to Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and will create what is being called the largest free wireless hub in Europe.
O2 will start installing the network this month, it said, and will have it up and running by the time the Olympics rolls into town and people start thinking about the Golden Jubilee.
"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 [Olympics]. 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," said Derek McManus, COO of O2.
"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."
Earlier we reported that the network would be enabled through boxes on lamp posts and bus stops, and have asked O2 to confirm that this will be the case.
O2 said that the deal will bring long term benefits to businesses. We have asked it to say how long it expects to run the network and what will happen once the Olympics are over. µ