London to have city-wide Wi-Fi
London is apparently set to get city-wide Wi-Fi in time for the Olympics in 2012. Mayor Boris Johnson made the bold claim at the Google Zeitgeist event, but can he actually deliver?
The city-spanning Wi-Fi will apparently be delivered by new hotspots built into existing lamp post and bus stops. Johnson said: “Every lamp post and every bus stop will one day very soon, and before the 2012 Olympics, be Wi-Fi enabled.” A bold claim indeed.
The London wide Wi-Fi will use the existing electricity supply and wiring in those bus stops and lamp posts. While they’ll only cover a small area, the plan is to install thousands of them across the capital. 22 boroughs have already signed up to help deliver the scheme.
As well as providing abundant internet access for those visiting for the Olympics, the Wi-Fi plan will also be extended to assist commuters and local residents.
The Mayor also talked up a forthcoming iPhone app which will map the locations where you can pick up a bike as part of the London cycle hire scheme. He said: “Not only can you see where the bikes are you’ll also be able to tell how many bikes the local yobbos have left there.”
No details of exactly how much these schemes will cost yet. What do you think? An exciting vision for London, or pie in the sky from the blonde Mayor? have your say below…