Virgin Media To Supply Free Wifi To Tube Stations

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By M@ Last edited 71 months ago
Virgin Media To Supply Free Wifi To Tube Stations

Free wifi coverage will be rolled out across 80 London Underground stations in time for the Olympics. Virgin Media won the contract, which will see ticket offices and platforms fitted with equipment at the company's expense.

After the Paralympics, the service will remain free to Virgin Media subscribers. Anyone else will incur a pay-as-you-go fee, but all users will be able to access basic travel information without charge. The service should be available at 120 stations by the end of the year.

Because London's Tube tunnels are so snug, fitting antennae equipment to trains proved prohibitively expensive. Wifi will not, therefore, be readily available between stations. However, in shorter tunnels, users might be able to pick up signals from nearby stations.

The system should be operational by July 2012, when a super-Wordle of debut emails would no doubt contain the words 'overcrowding', 'late again', 'sodding Olympics' and 'Arggghhh!' rather prominently.

Image by Chutney Bannister in the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last Updated 15 March 2012

Lauren Wellicome

Which tube stations?

Rob

i doubt anyone will want to pay for this as its only in stations.

Ross Corben

In the evolution of man http://www.goldendome.org/Evol... there needs to be another picture of a person wearing a headphones staring at a handheld screen walking out infront of a bicycle / car / pedestrian / off-a-cliff. How did LUL patrons cope with being incommunicado before mobiles / wifi were invented?