Free Wi-fi in Soho and Westminster arrives

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By SohoLisa | Tuesday, November 01, 2011, 21:39

Not many things in this life are free, especially in the mobile communications industry, but this is all set to change as mobile phone giant, Nokia launches its first ever large scale trial of free wi-fi in areas of Westminster.

Available until the end of 2011, members of the public are invited to use the newly introduced, high-speed internet service in 26 street hotspots all over the borough.

It is the centre of Westminster that will see the majority of coverage, with hotspots congregating largely around Oxford Street, Tottenham Court Road, Marylebone and Mayfair.

According to the BBC, the hotspots run at 20Mbps, but download speeds are limited to a maximum of 1Mbps per user, to allow a greater quality of service for those connected. Upload speeds are half that, running at around 500Kbps.

If the trial proves to be a success, the it could be extended to other boroughs of London from as early as 2012 and with no need to register or sign in to use the service, it appears the scheme couldn't be more easy to use.

John Nichols, head of marketing at Nokia, said: "From tourists finding their way around the capital, to commuters updating Facebook or browsing on the move, we all depend on mobiles to share our everyday experience and enhance our lives.

"On-the-go internet access has become an indispensable part of modern life.

"Nokia is pleased to sponsor this pilot which we hope will connect people even more easily than ever before."

This is great news for those of us who like to keep online, on the go and will fuel the ever increasing demand for better coverage and faster speeds the modern Londoner requires.



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