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City of London to get Wi-Fi coverage

Up and running within six months

London's financial district – known as the City – will have saturated Wi-Fi access within six months, officials announced today.

The City of London Corporation said it entered a partnership last week with The Cloud, a high-speed wireless network provider with operations in the UK, Sweden and Germany. The network will be installed in existing 'street furniture', including lamp posts and signs, within the area, which is approximately a square mile, the City authority said.

Demand has increased for wireless coverage as the City's 350,000 workers call for access to the internet and email as they shuffle between meetings in different buildings in the district, a City spokeswoman said.

The Cloud won the bid for a contract to install the network, but the value of the deal has not been disclosed.

The Cloud runs several Wi-Fi hotspots in London, including Canary Wharf, the British Library and Coffee Republic, a chain of cafés.

Operators such as BT and Nintendo rent time on The Cloud's network, a spokeswoman said. Those operators in turn charge their customers for the service.


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