WiFi being used on London Underground

Virgin WiFi arrives at 41 London Underground stations

Virgin has installed a WiFi service in 41 London Underground stations which is being used by over 100,000 Tube passengers.

The service, which was launched four weeks ago, was used to deliver one million Tweets, Facebook posts, emails and web pages in a single week as, for the first time, commuters are able to take advantage of the internet while underground.

“Londoners and visitors are loving our new WiFi service and we’re on track to connect Tube journeys right across London ahead of the Games,” said Kevin Baughan, director of Metro Wireless at Virgin Media.

“With millions of smartphones, gadgets and devices taken onto the Tube each day, the demand for data continues to grow and we’re rolling-out a future-proofed service that makes superfast wireless connections the standard.

“In partnership with TfL, we’ve achieved a huge amount and have launched a service London can be proud of.”

Virgin says passengers will be able to check TfL travel pages during the Olympic games and beyond for live journey information as well as Time Out, Spotify and MyMovies.Net for free from Tube platforms.

The service is expected to be extended to 120 stations by the end of the year.

“WiFi at Tube stations is proving extremely popular with our customers,” said Gareth Powell, London Underground’s director of Strategy and Service Development.

“Millions of commuters and visitors from around the world are now able to keep up with live travel updates, news and entertainment throughout an incredible summer and beyond.

“We look forward to continuing the roll-out and connecting up to 120 London Underground stations in 2012.”

Virgin and TfL say the WiFi service is being delivered at no additional cost to fare or tax payers, with Virgin offering free internet access throughout the summer.

After the summer, the comprehensive WiFi portal with TfL travel information, updates and London news and entertainment will remain free for all Tube passengers.

Virgin is offering mobile operators, internet service providers and other service providers the opportunity to wholesale the service to make it available to their customers.

Virgin Media broadband and mobile subscribers will continue to have free WiFi access, with a PAYG service operating for other users.

To use the new free WiFi service, London Underground passengers must connect to the service and register their email address.

Hundreds of access points have been installed throughout the 41 stations, that are already WiFi enabled, providing passengers with great coverage from the ticket hall to the platforms.

Each station is directly connected into Virgin Media’s next generation fibre backhaul network.

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