Virgin Media has rolled out WiFi to 20 more London Underground stations, taking the total of connected stations to 92.
When Virgin Media launched it's underground WiFi before the Olympics, 80 London underground stations offered commuters and visitors underground WiFi access (below), the rollout is due to be completed in early 2013 when a further 28 stations come online.
The stations are: Belsize Park, Notting Hill Gate, Camden Town, Seven Sisters, Chalk Farm, South Kensington, Highgate, Swiss Cottage, Mornington Crescent, Bounds Green, Balham, Finsbury Park, Clapham Common, Holloway Road, Oval, Russell Square, Clapham South, Turnpike Lane, Lancaster Gate, Wood Green.
Gareth Powell from London Underground, said: “Thousands of our customers are already using WiFi at Tube stations to keep up-to-date with live travel information, news and entertainment. The arrival of WiFi at these extra 20 stations will allow even more of our passengers to connect to the net while they are on the move across London.”
This follows on from the announcement that Virgin Media had agreed wholesale agreements with EE and Vodafone, enabling EE, Vodafone and Virgin Media to access free WiFi on the underground. For everyone else PAYG pass will cost £2 a day, £5 a week or £15 a month.
December 11th 2012
Key stations to feel the benefits of the upgrades include central stations such as Oxford Circus and King’s Cross, along with numerous points around the Olympic sites in the east of the city, such as Finsbury Park and North Greenwich. Here's the full list.
London Underground’s Gareth Powell 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.
“The first stations include some of our busiest and most well-known destinations and we’re on-track for a successful launch this summer – all delivered at no additional cost to fare payers or tax payers.”
Virgin says testing is still underway as its try to replicate the stress these new networks will undergo during peak times. Hopefully such tests will provide accurate results as 'show time' will result in millions of smartphones and tablets simultaneously using the services everyday.
June 1st 2012