Last week Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, pledged that London would have total WiFi coverage before the 2012 Olympic Games begin. His plan would see street lamps and bus shelters used to house the hotspots allowing coverage to stretch right across London. 22 of the 32 Greater London boroughs have already signed up, with the remaining expected to follow suit in due course.
The Cloud have since reported that the London Mayor has approached them about increasing their WiFi network to cover the Olympic village in Stratford. The company have currently deployed blanket coverage in the square mile area of the City of London. Mr Johnson wants London to be a technology showcase, and having a city covered in WiFi so that people can always be connected would be one way to demonstrate this. The Cloud believe that 3G networks will not be able to cope with the high demand for downloading data on the move when the Olympics arrive, and they will be making a decision perhaps as early as September as to how to increase the deployment of their wireless network.