O2 set to offer free Wi-Fi in London’s West End

O2 set to offer free Wi-Fi in London’s West End

Network provider O2 is boosting connectivity in London during the Olympics thanks to the launch of its free Wi-Fi hotspots in the West End.

The firm has signed a deal with Westminster City Council and will make the service available to all mobile internet users, regardless of their provider.

Initially, users in Oxford Street, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Regent Street, Parliament Square and Piccadilly Circus will have access to the Wi-Fi network, although Covent Garden is set to receive the technology soon.

Throughout the Olympic period the use of O2's Wi-Fi network will be free, with O2 recouping the costs of installation and running the service through targeted advertising.

Councillor Philippa Roe, leader of Westminster Council, said the free Wi-Fi network formed part of a "long term project to help make London one of the most technology-friendly cities in the world".

By the end of July, 80 London Underground stations will have access to Wi-Fi networks, making commuting a more productive period of time for those travelling on the Tube.