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