BT hits 500,000 London Wi-Fi hotspots target
BT has hit its target of operating half a million Wi-Fi hotspots across London in time for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The telecoms giant has launched new wireless broadband access points along 27 miles of the River Thames, allowing tourists and locals to connect mobile devices to the web at landmarks such as the Cutty Sark, London Bridge Pier and the London Eye.
Nearly 1,000 Wi-Fi points are dotted around the Olympic Park, representing the largest ever public high-density wireless broadband deployment.
Hotspots can also be found at high street stores, hotel chains, coffee shops, train stations, thousands of independent homes and businesses, and outdoor locations throughout Waltham Forest and Westminster.
In addition, free BT Wi-Fi access is available at conference spaces and more than 100 Heineken pubs in the capital.
The company said more wireless internet access is good news for commuters who have been encouraged to work away from the office in order to ease congestion during the Games.
Andy Baker, chief executive of BT Wi-Fi, commented: "We're giving Londoners and visitors as many places as possible to get online, keep in touch, work and share their experiences of the exciting events happening across London."