London to become Europe's largest free Wi-Fi zone

London is to add another string to its bow for business visitors, as O2 is preparing to install what will be one of Europe’s largest wireless internet networks.

Londonist.com reports that a deal has been struck between the mobile telecoms operator, the London authorities of Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

People living or commuting within these areas will have access to the network, which is due to be rolled out from January. O2 has pledged that the project will be completed in time for the 2012 Olympic Games and Queen’s Jubilee later this year.

The addition of the Wi-Fi zone to the English capital reinforces the fact that no matter whether it is used for leisure purposes, or business and corporate events, London is up there with the most technologically-determined cities in the world.

“This is a landmark achievement for Westminster,” exclaimed councillor Philippa Roe, cabinet member for strategic finance at Westminster City Council.

Speaking to 24Dash, she continued: “Westminster welcomes over a million tourists a day, is home to 250,000 residents, employs over half a million people and sees 4,000 business starts-ups each year.

“Next summer’s Olympic Games mean that London will be putting on the biggest show on earth and as Westminster has a starring role, visitors to London will easily be able to share their pictures and updates of the Olympic events across social networking sites.”