A network of WiFi hotspots is being set up to supply London’s Overground passengers with free internet. Once the system is online, users will be able to access their emails and browse the internet, stream video and even game online gratis for 60 minutes during their commute.
The service is expected to be complete by the end of the year and will complement the 120 WiFi hotspots lining the Underground which will also be operational in the same timeframe. Service is scheduled to start rolling out at key locations in the city such as Shepard’s Bush and Kensington Olympia with a total of 56 stations expected to receive a dose of wireless internet across the roll-out.
“Access to the internet is no longer limited solely to home or to the workplace, and people’s expectation is to be able to work and communicate effectively and seamlessly while they’re on the move so we’re delighted to support this initiative which will bring reliable, free WiFi to London Overground’s customers,” said Steve Murphy, Managing Director of London Overground Rail Operations.
The Overground network is to be managed by The Cloud and owned by BSkyB, with the underground managed and owned by Virgin and O2 supplying the rest of the capital to provide what they’re calling “the largest free wireless hub in Europe.”