Smartphone manufacturer Nokia and Spectrum Interactive a leading provider of Wi-Fi services have announced they are to join forces to offer free Wi-Fi access to London’s busiest streets in a pilot scheme that is the first of its kind.
Bringing free to access Wi-Fi connectivity to areas of the nation’s capital, Nokia and Spectrum have revealed that initial trails of the service will kick off today, November 1st with 26 street hotspots to provide commuters and tourists with free wireless internet connectivity until the end of the year.
Free London Wi-Fi Features
Requiring no subscription or sign up the free Wi-Fi initiative from Nokia and Spectrum Interactive will see those in the vicinity of the 26 hotspots, installed within street-side phone boxes owned by Spectrum, able to access internet speeds of up to 20Mbps simply by logging on to the network and accepting the terms and conditions.
“On-the-go internet access has become an indispensable part of modern life,” said John Nichols, Head of Marketing at Nokia. “From tourists finding their way around the capital, to commuters updating Facebook or browsing on the move, we all depend on mobile to share our everyday experiences and enhance our lives.
Nichols’ comments were backed up by Simon Alberga, Executive Chairman at Spectrum interactive who said: “While 4G mobile access is firmly on the horizon, Wi-Fi coverage currently fills a much needed niche between 3G mobile internet and home broadband.
“Tablets and mobile phones are capable of incredibly high-end browsing experiences now, but Wi-Fi access is often a requirement to support the tasks many of us want to be able to do on the move, such as uploading multimedia to Facebook or watching YouTube.
Free London Wi-Fi Locations
Following the completion of the two month trial that will see areas of Oxford Street, Tottenham Court Road, Knightsbridge, Mayfair, Marylebone and Westminster connected to the web, Nokia and Spectrum will assess the browsing habits of users in order to determine the best places to install permanent Wi-Fi offerings in 2012.
Areas of Bloomsbury, South Kensington, Bayswater, Lancaster Gate, Sloane Square, and Victoria are also set to be included in the initial trial.
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