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Nokia to Offer Free Wi-Fi in London

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Nokia UK is subsidising a free Wi Fi trial in London, UK for the next two months. The Wi Fi network is provided by Spectrum Interactive although initially it involves just 26 hotspots in key locations.

If the trial is a success, the it will be expanded in 2012 - when the city is due to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

Unlike some of the other free Wi-Fi services in the city, users will not need to register or provide an email address to access the service.

The hotspots will be located on payphone kiosks owned by Spectrum Interactive, and the full service could involve up to 1,000 sites across the city.

Although the backhaul for the hotspots will support upto 20Mbps, the Wi-Fi access will be capped at 1Mbps to ensure there is capacity for the end users.

"The trial is going to help us understand what people are using it for so we can improve it in the future," said Craig Hepburn, Nokia's director of digital and social media.

In addition to retailers and hotels offering Wi-Fi services, BT Openzone is currently trialing Wi-Fi hotspots in some deep level underground train stations.

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