May 21 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Wi-fi has gone live at the first two London Underground stations as the roll-out of internet services at 80 stations ahead of the Olympics begins.
Virgin Media’s wi-fi has been switched at King’s Cross and Warren Street Tube stations.
Oxford Circus and Green Park will go live from tomorrow, with Victoria and Euston being online on Saturday.
Eighty Tube stations are expected to be connected by the end of July, with the total rising to 120 by the end of 2012.
A free wi-fi portal allows passengers to get travel information, recommendations for things to do, music playlists and showbiz news.
Virgin Media is also offering free, full internet access to Tube passengers throughout the summer.
After the Olympic and Paralympic Games, wi-fi at Tube stations will be made available as part of Virgin Media’s broadband and mobile subscriptions.
To everyone else it will become a pay-as-you-go service, with only the portal site available for free.
To use the new free wi-fi, passengers need to connect to the service and register their email address.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “We need to ensure London is able to cement its position as Europe’s leading digital city.
“Our partnership with Virgin Media to make wi-fi 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.”