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City of London gets free WiFi

The Cloud first converted the Square Mile into a single WiFi hotspot in 2007

Workers, residents and visitors to London's Square Mile are being given free unlimited WiFi this week.

The move comes after the City of London Corporation agreed to extend its partnership with WiFi provider The Cloud. The deal, said the Corporation, means the City of London is the first global financial centre to offer a comprehensive free WiFi service to everyone.

The agreement comes after a temporary arrangement with The Cloud to offer free WiFi during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, with users of the network increasing by almost 100 percent compared to the previous three months.

The Cloud first converted the Square Mile into a single WiFi hotspot in 2007, but previously the network had only been available to everyone for 15 minutes, before becoming pay-to access.

Mark Boleat, policy chairman at the City of London Corporation, said: "The City of London has one of the biggest concentrations of smartphones in the UK so having the best communications infrastructure in place to access vital information on the move is of critical importance."


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