After just one day in London, I began to take the Tube system of transportation for granted. It’s just so easy to zip from one side of town to the other – no traffic, continuous service and more destinations than any person can hit during one vacation.
I felt savvy and confident using the Tube given my previous experience commuting on the NYC subway for 7 years. But I had a moment of panic when I remembered that I was without an international data plan; could I really survive 5 days without my “data”? Not being able to make calls or to send or receive texts was scary enough, but finding my way around a new city without a mapping app in my hand? Unimaginable! Turns out the Tube was the solution to my problem. Wi-Fi was readily available, for FREE, in Tube stations around the city. Since I was constantly out and on the go, I actually found myself relying on my underground travel time to connect with friends, make plans, post to Twitter and Facebook and even buy a new book for my e-reader!
It’s easy to take connectivity for granted when participating in our day to day lives. However, when going abroad even regular communication becomes a challenge. London’s preparations for the Olympic Games, including providing wireless access around the city, made visitors’ experiences as smooth as possible so that they could fully enjoy all that the city and the games had to offer.
This type of access, anytime, anywhere and on any device, can and should be standard – from home to work and everywhere in-between. You may not be preparing to host the Olympic Games and your organization may not span an entire city, but ultimately, the goal is the same: to provide a Borderless Network with seamless connectivity.