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Google may provide London with full WiFi coverage by 2012

05-20-2010 13:53 BJT

BEIJING, May 19 (Xinhuanet) -- London's Mayor Boris Johnson has promised to roll out blanket WiFi coverage in London by the time of the 2012 Olympics, and turning the city into the world's biggest internet hotspot.

Boris Johnson says he wants "every lamp post, every bus stop" in the capital to offer wireless internet access before long and said that thousands of wireless access points would be installed across the city.

According to reports 22 Boroughs have already signed for the scheme which may complement one project already being run by the City of London which has offered wireless Internet since April 2007 though 127 APs to around 350,000 people.

The Cloud currently manages the City of London infrastructure and it is not known whether the Mayor will rely on private help or levy an additional tax to implement the project. The announcement of the project was made at a Google event prompting speculation that Boris Johnson may eventually convince Google to help.

Google has already said that it wants to implement a Gigabit broadband infrastructure in the U.S. which may see at least 50,000 homes in a city get fiber-to-the-home connections with speeds reaching 1Gbps. Such a project would be significantly less difficult to implement in London given the existing infrastructures in place.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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