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The Cloud Could Blanket Cover London With Wi-Fi Coverage

The Cloud, one of UK's biggest independent Wi-Fi hotspot providers, is mulling plans to deliver promises made by the London Mayor, Boris Johnson, to blanket cover London with hotspots before the 2012 Olympic games.

The company's CEO, Steve Nicholson, told the Financial Times that "The key telecoms executives meet with Boris and the 2012 Olympic organisers once a quarter to chew over how the industry can respond to the anticipated surge in mobile internet as the Olympics come to town".

The company, together with other mobile operators such as O2, Vodafone and Virgin media, may join the foray as it is unlikely to embark in this ambitious project on its own.

As reported last week, Boris Johnson came up with the idea for such a project during a Google event, one which offered the tantalizing prospect of a partnership between London and the search giant.

Along the same lines, we also suggested that The Cloud, which is already providing paid-for Wi-Fi hotspots across the square mile, could extend its coverage to the rest of the area within M25, something that is perfectly doable given the necessary infrastructural investments.

However, given the current economic climate and the shift to a thrifty government, one can only expect private entrepreneurship to be encouraged as long as they use THEIR money to invest in these ventures.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.