Nokia and Spectrum Interactive today announced the launch of  the first large scale trial of free WiFi access in London.

The free WiFi trial will be across 26 street hotspots from November 1st until the end of 2011 and will assess both the demand for free Wi-Fi access and the usage behaviour of consumers.

While London has generally good 3G coverage, there are still plenty of blackspots and a free WiFi service would be a great way tot fill in those gaps in coverage and allow continued access in areas not currently available.

There is no registration to use the service, simply connect to the network, and it is capable of providing speeds of up to 20Mbps but this of course is governed by how many people are connected and what they’re viewing.

At launch the following areas will be covered by the free WiFi service, which has been setup in roadside ‘phone’ boxes owned by Spectrum Interactive:

  • Oxford St
  • Tottenham Court Road
  • Bloomsbury
  • South Kensington
  • Knightsbridge
  • Mayfair
  • Lancaster Gate
  • Bayswater
  • Westminster
  • Sloane Square
  • Victoria
  • Marylebone

Nokia Maps Showing WiFi Hotspots

Following a successful trial, plans are in place for a large-scale rollout across London from early 2012.