UK TELECOM Virgin Media's WiFi service went live at a handful of London Tube stations today, in advance of reaching 80 more stations in time for the Olympics.
Kings Cross and Warren Street are the first two stations to go online and will be followed by Oxford Circus and Green Park stations tomorrow, 8 June and Victoria and Euston on 9 June.
In total, Virgin will be bringing WiFi to 82 London Underground stations before the 2012 Olympics and will switch another 40 online before the end of the year, making the commute to and from work that little bit easier.
Web users will be free to use the WiFi at all 82 stations throughout the Summer, Virgin has promised, saying that passengers just need to connect to the service and register their email address. After the Olympics, the WiFi service will be free to use for customers of Virgin Media and "selected networks", with pay as you go options also available.
Neil Berkett, CEO of Virgin Media said, "This is a truly historic moment as we connect millions of Tube passengers to the wonderful world of the internet for the first time ever. Our plans for getting London Underground online were very ambitious from the start and, in less than just three months, we've launched a major new service, making London one of the world's leading connected cities."
"By putting the power of Virgin Media's next generation fibre optic network in the hands of Londoners and visitors, we're able to showcase our great capital and celebrate a momentous summer."
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson added, "We need to ensure London is able to cement its position as Europe's leading digital city."
"Our partnership with Virgin Media to make WiFi available on Tube platforms will be of tremendous benefit as building world class connectivity is critical to supporting new businesses and the jobs they create, especially in the high-tech and creative sectors." µ