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City of London goes wireless

The City of London, Britain's financial district since the age of kings, is entering the age of the hotspot, with plans to install hardware on lampposts and street signs.

The City of London, Britain's financial district since the age of kings, is entering the age of the hotspot, with plans to install hardware on lampposts and street signs, the Guardian reports.

"We feel it is important to provide this technology to maintain our position as the world's leading international financial centre," said Michael Snyder, a spokesman for the City of London. "We are responding to the increasing time pressures faced by City workers by providing the technology for them to stay up to date."

As many as 350,000 workers could get internet access on the move through their laptop or palmtop computers. Users will pay through business subscriptions or pay-as-you-go accounts. The operators hope to offer access within six months.

"We have strong demand from existing customers for coverage in high density and high profile locations like the City of London," said George Polk, The Cloud's chief executive.