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The Rise Of Wi-Fi

Coming soon to a tube near you

Written by . Published on January 26th 2012.

The Rise Of Wi-Fi

WI-FI's rise has been well and truly extraordinary. Home owners, cafés, pubs and McDonald's across the UK have been, amongst many others, furiously buying into the wireless network device, and continue to do so at an electric pace. Record profits have been reported across all broadband suppliers and Virgin Media have just launched a double speed service to their customers.

Coffee shops and bars have slowly but surely embraced the benefits of Wi-Fi too with an increase in custom in off-peak hours, and for some an influx of the cooler kids about town – you know, the dodgy hair cut, weird glasses, Shoreditch techy/arty/bohemian/creative types – is good business.

More news was announced earlier this week from Ofcom that the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will see a record demand for wireless technology. The UK has one of the busiest airwaves in the world, according to Ofcom, and  are now in the process of creating a state-of-the-art spectrum system which will open up more airspace to meet the 20,000 frequencies being distributed, more than double the annual amount usually assigned.

More space will be created by borrowing space on a short-term basis from public bodies as well as the unused frequencies such as the spectrum for 4G technology which is yet to be auctioned. 

In addition to this, Wi-Fi will be implemented in up to 120 underground stations this spring with the official supplier expected to be announced in the next couple of months. This comes after a successful trial at London's Charing Cross Station in November 2010. The supplier will be granted a five year contract and will provide a portal for the London Underground Wi-Fi service which will provide a wealth of travel, news and sports coverage. However some external sites may not be available.

Who knows, maybe one day we'll have Wi-Fi on the moon, but one thing's for sure, the Wi-Fi invasion is showing no signs of slowing down on its path to global domination.

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