UK INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER (ISP) Virgin Media has announced that its underground WiFi service can be accessed at 41 London tube stations, including Leicester Square, Warren Street and Stratford.
Launched a month ago, the service will offer London Underground passengers free internet access throughout the Olympics. While the service will remain free to Virgin Media customers, the company will introduce a pay as you go scheme once the Olympics has ended.
Kevin Baughan, director of Metro Wireless at Virgin Media said, "Londoners and visitors are loving our new WiFi 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 [Transport for London], we've achieved a huge amount and have launched a service London can be proud of."
Gareth Powell, the London Underground's director of Strategy and Service Development said, "WiFi at Tube stations is proving extremely popular with our customers. Millions of commuters and visitors from around the world are now able to keep up with live travel updates, news and entertainment throughout an incredible summer and beyond.
"We look forward to continuing the roll-out and connecting up to 120 London Underground stations in 2012."
Virgin Media has also delivered some impressive statistics about its underground WiFi service, which saw one million Tweets, Facebook posts, emails and web page views in a single week.
Virgin Media will bring its WiFi service to a total of 82 London tube stations in time for the Olympic Games. µ
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