A deal between Westminster City Council, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and O2 has created the largest free WiFi zone in Europe.

O2 free national wifi rollout announcedThe deal, which will run at no cost to the councils or the taxpayer, is part of both councils’ plans to ensure that the millions of visitors that come to the city have the best experience possible and can make the most of what London has to offer – particularly given the double celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee and 2012 Olympic Games taking place this year – whilst delivering longer term benefits to businesses.

Free wifi access will be available throughout Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea once the Metro wireless network is installed on the street furniture. It will initially be rolled out in a limited number of areas and then throughout the boroughs over the longer term. O2 will begin installing the network in January 2012. O2 Wifi launched in January 2011 with the ambition to roll out free, fast and open wifi, via strategic partnerships, across the UK.