Service to remain free for everyone throughout 2012 as it hits 1.1 million connections on October 12
Virgin Media has made its London Underground Wi-Fi service free for everyone for the remainder of this year.
It follows a landmark day for the service on October 12, which saw more than 1.1 million tweets, Facebook posts, emails and web pages accessed.
More than 661,000 people are now online underground, with Waterloo, Victoria, King’s Cross and Oxford Circus some of the busiest connected stations.
The service launched on June 7 as an unlimited service and was made available as part of Virgin Media’s broadband and mobile subscriptions following the conclusion of the Paralympic Games on September 9. It was due to be available via prepay and other commercial models.
However, the Wi-Fi portal with Transport for London (TfL) travel information, updates and London news and entertainment will remain free for all Tube passengers throughout 2012.
Virgin’s broadband and mobile customers will continue to have full online access, with the company engaging with potential wholesale partners to provide the service to their own subscribers on an ongoing basis.
The Wi-Fi service is currently available in 72 London Underground stations, from the ticket halls to platforms, with 120 stations in total expected to be brought online before the end of the year.
Virgin Media executive director of broadband Jon James said: “WiFi on London Underground has been an incredible success with hundreds of thousands of people kept up-to-date and entertained whilst travelling around our capital city. Commuters and visitors will be able to make use of the internet throughout 2012 and we’re in positive talks with potential wholesale partners to ensure a fantastic experience for all Tube passengers throughout 2012 and beyond.”
London Underground director of strategy and service development Gareth Powell said: “Wi-Fi at Tube stations is proving to be a very popular service with up-to-the-minute travel information and journey planner at passengers’ fingertips. There are already 72 London Underground stations online and our engineers are working in partnership with Virgin Media to continue the roll-out in 2012.”