Free Wi-Fi in London
This news that a free wi-fi service has been launched in central London’s West End is great to hear. It will initially cover Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Parliament Square. It will cover more of Westminster with Covent Garden being the next area.
The deal between Westminster City Council and O2 makes the service available to all internet users, regardless of their current provider.
This is initially due to the Olympics, but it is planned to remain free of charge to everyone after the Olympics has ended.
The project has been paid for by O2 and it hopes to use targeted advertising to recover the costs. Users can get online after completing a single registration process.
Councillor Philippa Roe, leader of Westminster Council, said the free wi-fi was part of a “long term project to help make London one of the most technology-friendly cities in the world”.
Free Wi-Fi is always a good thing and it would be great if this eventually spread to other UK cities. Of course when using public Wi-Fi do make sure that your computer is secure. Using a VPN service to get the data transmissions encrypted for example.