O2 announces UK-wide WiFi network

Good morning campers – did you enjoy yesterday’s post on cloud gaming? If you haven’t read it, take a quick look. I think the cloud offers some very exciting opportunities. Cloud computing is all for nothing without Internet connectivity, however, and I know I’m usually pleased when I find an accessible WiFi point.

There are already several public WiFi networks in the UK, and a new one is about to join the fray with O2 announcing their plans to ┬áprovide free wireless access. The network will initially be limited to 450 O2-owned sites which, on the face of it, isn’t exactly UK-wide coverage. It is, however, a start, and even the big boys like BT Openzone and The Cloud had to start somewhere. What’s surprising is that O2 will be offering this WiFi free to both their own customers and non-customers. Interesting, don’t you think?

For my money, anything that increases WiFi coverage in the UK is a welcome development. With more and more people carrying WiFi-enabled smartphones, netbooks, tablets, and laptops, the demand is only going to keep increasing. I wouldn’t be surprised if we start to see even more companies getting in on the WiFi scene.

Thoughts? Comments? You know what to do :)

[via BBC News]

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