Virgin Media awarded London Underground Wi-Fi contract

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Commuters will have access to free Wi-Fi at 80 station platforms before the Olympics, with the service expanded to a further 40 stations before the end of the year

Virgin Media has won a contract to provide public access Wi-Fi at up to 80 London Underground platforms from July for free.

It will launch as an unlimited service and by the end of this year up to 120 Tube stations will be connected.

Following the conclusion of the Paralympic Games in September, the service will be made available as part of Virgin Media’s broadband and mobile subscriptions. It will also be available via prepay and other commercial models.

All Tube passengers will also be able to access free live Transport for London (TfL) travel information via an online portal.

Virgin Media CEO Neil Berkett said: “With the eyes of the world on London this summer, we’ll be showing off our capital as a leading connected city on the global stage.

“We’re putting the power of Virgin Media’s fibre optic network in the hands of millions of Londoners, commuters and visitors and are delighted to be launching Wi-Fi for free throughout summer 2012 and beyond.”

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “It’s vital that we harness the massive opportunities stemming from the digital revolution, by creating a vibrant, world class industry to attract investment and create jobs for Londoners.

“Millions of passengers will now be able to connect to their work, friends or access the latest news and travel information whilst on the move.”

London Underground director of strategy and service development Gareth Powell said: “We’re upgrading the Tube to make it fit for the 21st Century.  This latest innovation is great news for Tube customers, who now have access to emails, web and social media underground for the first time.”

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