Mobile network operator offered free WiFi coverage in London for the Olympics while London Olympics 2012 Organising Committee has banned mobile WiFi hotspots at Olympic venues.
The O2 network has provided fast, free and reliable hotspots across West End with download speeds upto 24Mbit/s and will join the recently installed London Underground and London Overground WiFi networks to help millions of visitors to keep connected during the London Games. Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Parliament square will benefit from the newly installed network.
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said “With millions of extra people coming to town for the Games, we want to ensure we showcase the capital as the best city in the world to work and visit, and the addition of free wifi to some of our most popular landmarks is crucial in helping to maintaining that reputation.”
However, the spectacular effort by the free WiFi networks has been spoilt by the London Olympics 2012 Organising Committee by banning the use of WiFi mobile hotspots at the Olympic venues. The list of banned items read, “Personal/private wireless access points and 3G hubs (smart devices such as Android phones, iPhone and tablets are permitted inside venues, but must not be used as wireless access points to connect multiple devices).”
The ban has gone overvboard by including restrictions on oversized hats, flags and clothing which could advertise a company other than one of the official Olympics sponsors.