O2 will create Europe's largest free wi-fi hub in central London after striking a landmark deal with two councils.
The mobile operator has signed a deal with Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to make free wifi available to millions of residents and visitors.
“This ground-breaking deal - the first of its kind in the UK - will see us deliver high quality connectivity across London in time for London 2012,” said Derek McManus, chief operating officer of O2.
“Our longer-term aim is to expand our footprint of O2 Wifi, which is open to everyone, and also intelligently enhance our services at street level, where people need the network the most.”
Free wifi access will be available throughout Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea once O2 has finished installing the Metro wireless network on the street furniture.
The network will initially be rolled out in a limited number of areas and then throughout the boroughs over the longer term.
O2 Wifi launched last year with the goal to rollout free, fast and open wifi, via strategic partnerships, across the UK.
“Next summer’s Olympic Games mean that London will be putting on the biggest show on earth and visitors to London will easily be able to share their pictures and updates of the Olympic events across social networking sites,” said Cllr Philippa Roe, member for Strategic Finance at Westminster City Council.