London SMEs get free wireless broadband

Local businesses in Islington, north London, are benefiting from a free wireless broadband Lan set up by the local council.

Local businesses in Islington, north London, are benefiting from a free wireless broadband Lan set up by the local council.

Islington council has created London's largest wireless hotspot as part of its urban regeneration initiatives and to meet government directives to provide council services electronically to citizens.

The wireless Lan, covering the area's main thoroughfare and shopping area around the Angel area, stretches from one end of Upper Street to the other, and borders the City. The hotspot covers hundreds of restaurants, bars, small businesses, the Business Design Centre, theatres and Islington Town Hall.

Billed as the "Technology Mile", citizens, mobile users passing through and businesses have free access to the internet via a council "landing page" which offers council services.

The council built the network in partnership with urban digital networks provider Cityspace, which was also involved in a similar scheme in Bristol.

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