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Phased Wi-Fi installation in the City

UK's fastest free Wi-Fi network now live across the Square Mile!

The City of London has invested in a new, world leading gigabit Wi-Fi network (more advanced than the Wi-Fi network in New York City) offering individual users speeds of 50-100+ megabits per second across the Square Mile, something never been seen before in London. The network will be advertised as "O2 Wi-Fi" and requires a one-time login.  At these upgraded speeds, users can download a film (700 megabytes) in less than two minutes whereas a standard broadband line (10 megabits per second) would download the same film in around 12 minutes.

The multi-million pound project is one of the largest investments in wireless infrastructure ever seen in London, and is more technically advanced than Wi-Fi networks found in other leading global financial centres, including New York.

Over 120 access points are now live across the City with a further 30 access points coming forward between October and November. A map of locations can be found below.

Download the City of London Wi-Fi Network map 2017 (296 KB)

Users are asked to provide feedback, comments or service issues to wireless-concession@ctil.co.uk

For further information, please contact Steven Bage: Steven.bage@cityoflondon.gov.uk or phone: 0207 332 1910

Catherine McGuinness, Policy Chairman at the City of London Corporation, said :

“I am delighted to mark the launch of what will be a real game changer for the City.

“As a global financial centre we provide services for a diverse range of City occupiers. With nearly 99% of City firms SMEs, 8% of the workforce from the technology, media and telecommunications industry, and a host of start-ups moving to the City, it is vital that our digital services match the fast-paced needs of our workers.

“We also welcomed over 10 million visitors from around the world to the City in 2015, and they too will be able to benefit from an investment sure to brand the City as hub of connectivity.”

Derek McManus, Chief Operating Officer, O2 said “We understand the importance of digital connectivity in terms of driving the economy and ensuring that London can continue to compete on a global scale. This is why we’re investing in the City of London’s wireless infrastructure, to give people what they need wherever they are – reliable internet on the go.”


Jamie Olejnik, Technical Programme Manager, CTIL said:

“This service not only provides a substantial improvement on the previous service, but also gives comfort to the end-user that it is robust, secure and free with no gimmicks.

“This has and continues to be a great opportunity for CTIL and our partners by leading the deployment for the benefit of all users and we are proud to support the City of London in its requirements.”

William Newton, President & EMEA MD, WiredScore added:

 “Our increasing reliance on technology has made internet connectivity the lifeblood of modern business. Complementary to existing wired connectivity within the City’s office buildings, this initiative will enhance more agile ways of working, providing workers with access to the fast and consistent internet they need, wherever they are within the Square Mile.

 “By implementing this free-to-use Wi-Fi network, the City of London Corporation clearly recognises the potential of broadband for driving productivity and growth.”

David Ivell, Chief Information Officer, The Prince's Trust said:

“The Prince’s Trust, based in the City, launched their Prince’s Trust Online programme to help thousands of disadvantaged young people gain the skills to start their own business or get into employment earlier this year.

“We are very excited at the City Corporation’s announcement as it will enable young people who want to access our online skills development but who don’t have access to data. This will greatly assist the young people of London but also encourage other cities where the need to help young people is equally strong. ”

Published:
13 March 2012
Last Modified:
25 October 2017

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