London's financial district to go wireless

Europe's premier financial district will soon feature Wi-Fi "hotzones" that can be accessed by laptops, PDAs, handheld game consoles and Wi-Fi-enabled mobile phones, an Associated Press report said.


The report said Square Mile would be turned into a "broadband-speed Internet" area for European and international businesses.


"This will allow people to have continuous online access, whether in a taxi or an open area, across the financial center," Peter Bennett, a spokesman for the Corporation of London, said in the Associated Press report.


While the cost for online access would vary depending on the service provider, those without a provider would pay 5 pounds ($8.70) per hour for the service, the report said.


The report further said some 150 Wi-Fi network nodes would be installed in lampposts, closed-circuit TV poles and street signs across London's business and financial center in the coming months.


They' would be hidden from view but accessible to an estimated 350,000 Londoners and millions of visitors seeking to get online using their wireless devices, the report said.