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Brief Published: 1 Dec 2011

Wi-fi Service Launched in London


Mobile phone company Nokia has launched a trial complimentary Wi-Fi service in central London which will run until the end of this year. If successful, it will be made permanently available to smartphones, tablets and laptop users from 2012.

The service, currently available in the West End and Westminster, provides 1mbps of unrestricted web access for each device accessing the service. The user will not have to provide any personal details, and must simply agree to the terms and conditions. A Nokia mapping app can also be downloaded, giving locations of all 26 Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the city.

The use of free Wi-Fi is already abundant in many cosmopolitan cities elsewhere in the world, including Seoul, Tokyo and New York, with consumers able to access the internet everywhere, from intercity railway lines, to city parks. Plans for London to follow suit will see day-to-day internet speeds increase for those on the move, which should help to provide a smooth and positive experience for visitors to the 2012 London Olympics in August.