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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Test Tube: London Underground name free Wi-Fi Olympic tube stations


Transport for London confirmed that Leicester Square, Liverpool Street, Oxford Circus, King's Cross, and Stratford would be among the first set of stations to receive internet access.

Virgin Media, who won the contract in March, are on track to deliver the service to 80 stations by the start of the Games following a successful trial.

Members of the public will soon be able to browse the web and check e-mails using their smartphones from station ticket offices, escalators and platforms.

The service will be free during the Olympics and then available to customers through a pay-as-you-go offering later in the year.

London Underground’s director Gareth Powell said: 'Our customers will soon be able to connect to the internet for live travel information while they are on the move through stations.

'Bringing a next generation Wi-Fi 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," stated Powell.

"Our customers will soon be able to connect to the internet for live travel information while they are on the move through stations," Powell added.

To mark the launch of the service, Virgin Media has already introduced an online portal having real-time TFL service information, a journey planner, commuter news and entertainment.

In fact, the first tweet from the underground was already posted by BBC's technology correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones. The tweet read, "Historic first tweet from deep under London using @TFLofficial @virginmedia new tube wifi service - testing, testing".

However, apart from a few limited services such as journey planner, entertainment and news content, other services are paid.

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