Virgin signs O2 to its London Underground Wi-Fi service


Operator to join existing wholesale partners EE and Vodafone in offering its customers Wi-Fi at no extra cost, as Virgin meets its target of connecting 120 stations

Virgin Media has signed up O2 as a wholesale partner for its Wi-Fi on London Underground service. It will enable customers on the network to access the service free from June.

O2 will join EE and Vodafone partner in offering the service at no additional cost, both of which signed deals to become wholesale partners at the end of last year.

As part of the deal, all current O2 customers signed up to the operator’s own Wi-Fi service will be automatically registered for free Wi-Fi on the Underground, meaning they won’t need to sign up above ground or remember a password.

In addition, O2 contract customers will be able to use its TU Go service to enable them to use their existing mobile number and tariff to make and receive calls, send and receive texts and use voicemail on up to five devices simultaneously over Wi-Fi. If they have devices such as a tablet or laptop, which are Wi-Fi only, or have Wi-Fi but no network coverage, they can use TU Go to connect to the O2 network.

Virgin Media has also confirmed an additional 12 London Underground stations are coming online this week, including Bank, Baker Street and Earl’s Court. It will bring the number of Wi-Fi enabled stations to 120, meeting the target set by Virgin Media and Transport for London (TfL) set when the service first launched last July.

Virgin Media head of Wi-Fi Mark Williamson said: “Wi-Fi on London Underground has gone from strength to strength and we’re delighted the majority of Londoners are staying connected for no extra cost. Virgin Media’s unique fibre optic network means we deliver unrivalled capacity for next generation digital services both inside and outside the home, meeting the increasing demand for wireless services.”

O2 head of consumer Gary Booker added: “We’re excited to bring free Underground Wi-Fi to O2 customers this summer. Our customers want to stay connected wherever they are and will soon be able to check their email, update their Facebook status, shop online, book their next holiday and stay connected to their friends and family right across Tube stations in Central London.”

Virgin Media’s Wi-Fi portal keeps passengers updated with TfL travel information and London entertainment and news for free.

The firm also offers a prepay service with daily, weekly and monthly passes.The daily and weekly passes cost £2 and £5 respectively, while a two month special is priced at £15.