Free service now available in 41 London Underground stations, a figure expected to double before the end of the month
Virgin Media has revealed that over 100,000 Tube passengers are now using its free Wi-Fi service on the London Underground, which is now available in 41 stations.
The service, which was launched four weeks ago, was used to deliver one million Tweets, Facebook posts, emails and web pages in one week from June 25 to July 1.
Stations that are now Wi-Fi enabled include Kings Cross St. Pancras, Oxford Circus,Waterloo, Paddington, Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Liverpool Street and Stratford.
Up to 80 stations across the capital will be connected by the end of this month and 120 stations are scheduled to go live before the end of the year.
To use the service, passengers need to connect to the service via access points installed at the stations, and register their email address. Each station is directly connected to Virgin Media’s next generation fibre backhaul network.
The free Wi-Fi has launched as an unlimited service and is being made available as part of Virgin Media’s broadband and mobile subscriptions following the conclusion of the Paralympic Games in September. It will also be available via prepay and other commercial models.
Passengers will have access to a new free online portal that will offer up-to-the-minute Transport for London (TfL) service information, including TfL’s journey planner, as well as entertainment and news content.
Virgin Media director of Metro Wireless Kevin Baughan said: “Londoners and visitors are loving our new Wi-Fi service and we’re on track to connect Tube journeys right across London ahead of the Games.
“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.”