O2 rolls out Wi-Fi across Canary Wharf

Up to 1.2m workers and tourists each week will have access to free Wi-Fi from the mobile provider

Canary Wharf is set to be souped up with free wireless connectivity after the group that runs the business centre signed a deal with O2 Wi-Fi.

The mobile provider is set to roll-out the network across the East London hub by the end of this summer, covering all the public spaces in the area, including 240 cafés, bars, restaurants and shops, and 20 acres of outdoor parks and plazas. 

O2 will be able to provide the service for free by offering businesses in the area the opportunity to advertise, giving visitors more information about where they can go and giving them exclusive offers.

“Transport and digital connectivity puts Canary Wharf at the heart of modern London,” said Sir George Iacobescu, chairman and CEO of the Canary Wharf Group. “The built environment here is amongst the most technologically advanced in the capital and the installation of Wi-Fi is a natural next step.”

This is the latest large scale deal secured by O2 Wi-Fi which recently cut ties with BT to go out alone and invest more heavily in its own wireless network.

Other customers currently include McDonald’s, Debenhams and Costa Coffee, but it was also responsible for public access Wi-Fi throughout Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea during the Olympics. In total, it runs 8,000 hotspots throughout the UK.

Gavin Franks, managing director of O2 Wi-Fi, said: “We understand that access to free public Wi-Fi 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.” 

“This ground-breaking deal builds on the successful deployment of Wi-Fi across central London and will see us deliver high-quality, free connectivity to the UK’s busiest business district.”

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