O2 to install Wi-Fi in Canary Wharf

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Up to 1.2 million people expected to log on to its service every week, with installation complete by the end of the summer

O2 has signed a deal with Canary Wharf Group to install its Wi-Fi service in the London business and shopping district.

O2 Wi-Fi will be installed by the end of the summer be provided to the 100,000-strong business community in the area.

Up to 1.2 million customers are expected to use the service every week. It will be free to use and accessible to all in public areas including Canary Wharf’s four shopping malls, housing over 240 cafes, bars, restaurants and retailers, and the 20 acres of outdoor parks and plazas.

The announcement follows last year’s deal where O2 Wi-Fi provided free internet to millions of residents and visitors in central London by launching Europe’s largest free Wi-Fi zone across the boroughs of Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea in time for the Olympic Games.

O2 Wi-Fi managing director Gavin Franks (pictured) said: “This ground-breaking deal builds on the successful deployment of wifi across central London and will see us deliver high-quality, free connectivity to the UK’s busiest business district.

“We understand that access to free public wifi is becoming a right rather than a privilege and nowhere is the demand greater than in Canary Wharf where big business deals are being struck every day, often away from the office and on the move.”

Since launching over two years ago, O2 Wi-Fi has added more than 8,000 hotspots and six million customers. The network is available across venues including McDonald’s, Debenhams, Costa Coffee,House of Fraser, Fullers and Mitchells & Butlers pubs.

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