It’s March 2012. We are a little over four months away from what is being described as ‘the greatest show on Earth’. It should be, it’s costing the business end of £12 billion and whatever your views on the Games, the disruption to London or the quite staggering £80 million cost of Danny Boyle’s opening and closing ceremonies, one thing is for certain, the IT infrastructure that is being put into place before and during the Games is going to have positive knock-on effects for years to come. Perhaps the most wide-reaching benefit of having the Olympic Games in London is the introduction of a city-wide wi-fi hotspot being developed by mobile giant O2. The deal, which O2 claim won’t cost councils or – crucially – the taxpayer anything, will see free access given to residents and visitors to Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea through a new wireless network infrastructure dubbed 'Metro' and based on hardware wired into street lights. These are t ...

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