Free and unlimited Wi-Fi comes to the Square Mile for first time

UNLIMITED and free Wi-Fi will be spread across the Square Mile from today, following a new deal signed between the City of London and Sky’s The Cloud service.

The move – which will bring wireless internet to 400,000 people in the City – comes after a successful trial of the service during the Olympics.

The Cloud already runs a Wi-Fi network across the City, but free use of the service has been restricted until now. Mark Boleat, policy chairman at the City of London Corporation, said it was of “critical importance” to have adequate communications infrastructure in the Square Mile.

Users that register for the service will be taken to a page showing news from Sky – which bought The Cloud in January last year for £50m in a bid to compete with BT’s Openzone service.

It launched Wi-Fi in the City in 2007, but up to now, non-paying users have been limited to 15 minutes of use per day.