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Virgin Media wins London Underground WiFi deal

15 марта 2012

Virgin Media has won a contract that will enable it to provide WiFi access on the London Underground from July, it emerged on Wednesday.

In partnership with Transport for London (TfL), which runs the underground transport system, Virgin Media will make WiFi services available in 80 stations this summer, in time for the Olympic Games. The total will reach 120 stations by the end of 2012, Virgin Media announced.

The WiFi service will be free to use initially, but will then be wrapped into Virgin Media's broadband and mobile subscriptions, as well as being made available on a pay-as-you go basis. Virgin did not specify how long the free period would last. Access to TfL's online travel information portal will continue to be free.

"We're putting the power of Virgin Media's fibre-optic network in the hands of millions of Londoners, commuters and visitors and are delighted to be launching WiFi for free throughout summer 2012 and beyond," said Neil Berkett, CEO of Virgin Media, in a statement.

"[We] will continue to evolve the service," he added.

Meanwhile, Gareth Powell, director of strategy and service at London Underground, waxed lyrical about the ability of commuters to access travel news from TfL, and other services, while on-the-go.

"This latest innovation is great news for Tube customers, who now have access to emails, Web and social media underground for the first time," he added.

However, according to the BBC, the contract only covers ticket offices, platforms and escalators, since adding connectivity in the tunnels would have required major construction work.

Источник: Total Telecom

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