City rolls out fastest free wifi network in the UK

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City workers are to be treated to Britain's fastest free wifi network starting from today.

The City of London Corporation has launched the new service in conjunction with O2 and Virgin Media.

Over 150 WiFi access points have been installed using street furniture. Users will only have to sign-up once and the service will be free from advertisements.

Speeds will top 180 megabits per second, allowing the download of a standard-length film in less than two minutes.

“I am delighted to mark the launch of what will be a real game changer for the City," said policy chairman Catherine McGuinness.

“As a global financial centre we provide services for a diverse range of City occupiers. With nearly 99 per cent of City firms small businesses, eight per cent 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.

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She added: “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, O2's operating chief 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.”

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