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A city-wide Wi-Fi network is to be constructed in London in time for the 2012 Olympic Games, Boris Johnson has revealed.

Speaking at the Google Zeitgeist event in Hertfordshire, the London mayor announced that wireless broadband hotspots will be installed into lamposts and bus stops across the capital.

He said that City Hall had the intention of making the city the technology capital of the world, with the Wi-Fi project just one of a number of exciting initiatives.

Some 22 of the 32 London boroughs have already signed up to participate in the scheme, which some commentators believe could render mobile broadband connections redundant in the city.

However, there is likely to be a charge for using Wi-Fi London, either as a subscription or on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Last month, Tom Ilube, Chief Executive officer of Garlik, claimed that internet users in London need to improve the security of their wireless broadband networks.

Research conducted by his firm indicated that a third of households have weak security settings in place on their routers, while five per cent have no provisions in place.

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