24 July 2012
Free City WiFi provision throughout the Olympics
This Friday (27 July 2012), workers, residents and visitors to the City of London will be given unrestricted free access to The Cloud’s City Wi-Fi network until 30th September, which provides comprehensive City wide coverage across the Square Mile. The Cloud has recently upgraded the network to provide an enhanced user experience, offering speeds of 5Mbps per user across the City, which will enable users to access online content throughout the Olympic period, including free access to Sky News and Sky Sports News, with a dedicated Olympic news feed, as well as live TFL travel updates.
In addition to this, free use of the Wi-Fi network will provide users with optimum conditions to use the soon-to-be-launched “Visit the City” app, which will be available on the Android, iPhone and iPad.
Mark Boleat, Policy Chairman at the City of London said:
“The City has long been a bastion of technological advancement, and this service is a way for the City to continue to uphold this standard, allowing users from all over the world to remain at the heart of the Games while at the heart of the City of London.
For more information about how to access this service, please visit: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/wifi
Notes to editors
About the City of London Corporation
The City of London Corporation is a uniquely diverse organisation. It supports and promotes the City as the world leader in international finance and business services and provides local services and policing for those working in, living in and visiting the Square Mile. It also provides valued services to London and the nation. These include the Barbican Centre and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama; the Guildhall Library and Art Gallery and London Metropolitan Archive; education (including three independent schools and sponsor of three City Academies); five Thames bridges (including Tower Bridge and the Millennium Bridge); the Central Criminal Court at Old Bailey; over 10,000 acres of open spaces (including Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest), and three wholesale food markets. It is also London’s Port Health Authority and runs the Animal Reception Centre at Heathrow. It works in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on the regeneration of surrounding areas and the City of London Corporation’s charity, the City Bridge Trust, makes grants of more than £15 million annually to charitable projects in London. The City of London Corporation co-funds the Museum of London and the Museum of London Docklands with the GLA and a number of other organisations and individuals.
About The Cloud
The Cloud (www.thecloud.net) builds and operates Wi-Fi networks across the UK and Europe to provide the mobile media experience that consumers want. The service delivers simple, fast, reliable and cost effective broadband to millions of Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, laptops and entertainment devices. The Cloud has exclusive commercial partnerships with retail, leisure, hotels, sports, transport, and entertainment and content partners to deliver its longer-term vision of a connected society. The Cloud connects almost a million devices to its Wi-Fi network each month, including Nintendo 3DS users and at locations such as the Emirates Stadium, Silverstone Race Track, the City of London, Wetherspoon, PizzaExpress, Pret A Manger, Caffe Nero, Eat, pubs, leisure facilities, restaurants and mainline stations. The Cloud is a BSkyB Company.