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Virgin Media lists 82 London Tube stations to get WiFi

Oxford Circus, Liverpool Street and Victoria are all set
Fri Jun 01 2012, 10:01
London Underground train going into tunnel

BROADBAND NETWORK Virgin Media has revealed 82 London Tube stations that will get WiFi access in time for the Olympic Games, with Oxford Circus, King's Cross, London Bridge, Stratford and Victoria among some of the most notable locations to come online.

Other key stations to receive WiFi service include Angel, Embankment, Covent Garden, Euston, Finsbury Park, Green Park, Liverpool Street, Old Street, Vauxhall, Wembley Central and Westminster.

The firm announced that it had won the contract to install WiFi in March but hadn't said which stations would receive the services, only saying that the most popular stations and those key to the Olympic routes would be guaranteed to see coverage.

Gareth Powell, London Underground's director of strategy and service development said the network will be of enormous benefit to visitors to London and seasonal travellers alike.

"Our customers will soon be able to connect to the internet for live travel information while they are on the move through stations," he said.

"Bringing a next-generation WiFi service to one of the world's oldest underground transport networks is progressing as planned and the forthcoming service is testing well."

There's no word on when the network will come online, with Virgin Media merely saying it will be available before the Olympic Games begin on 27 July.

Staff from Virgin Media have also been involved in testing the capabilities of the network ahead of the launch, with hundreds of devices such as Ipads used to test its capacity at Chancery Lane.

Virgin Media staff testing the Wi-Fi at Chancery Lane using iPads

Virgin Media added that it intends to have 120 stations online by the end of 2012, but did not specify where these extra 40 stations will be.

Our sister IT news web site V3 reported earlier that the rollout of the WiFi service appeared close to completion after noticing routers in stations including Warren Street and Oxford Circus.

The full list of stations to go live can be seen in this public Google Document. µ

 

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