London signs Vir­gin Me­dia for Tube’s un­der­ground Wi-fi

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LONDON | London Mayor Boris John­son has se­lected Vir­gin Me­dia to pro­vide Wi-fi for the city’s sub­way sys­tem dur­ing the Olympics.

Mayor John­son’s of­fice said in a state­ment Wed­nes­day that Wi-fi will be in­tro­duced at 80 sta­tions be­fore sum­mer. By the end of the year, 120 Tube sta­tions, many of them deep un­der­ground, will be con­nected.

Start­ing in July, pas­sen­gers on the un­der­ground sys­tem, called the Tube, will be able to con­nect for free.

Af­ter the Olympics, Wi-fi at Tube sta­tions will be made avail­able as part of Vir­gin Me­dia’s broad­band and mo­bile sub­scrip­tions.

Gareth Pow­ell, an of­fi­cial at Trans­port for London, says the move means Tube pas­sen­gers will have ac­cess to emails, the Web and so­cial me­dia un­der­ground for the first time.

The Olympics start July 27 and end Aug. 12.

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