Over 100,000 Tube travellers now using free Wi-Fi service

More than 100.000 passengers are now using Virgin's free Wi-Fi service on the London Underground, which is now available in 41 stations.

The service which launched last month was used to deliver one million Tweets, Facebook posts, emails and web pages in one week from June 25 to July 1. Stations that are now Wi-Fi enabled include King's Cross, St. Pancreas, Oxford Circus, Waterloo, Paddington, Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Liverpool Street and Stratford.

Up to 80 stations across the capital will be connected by the end of this month and 120 stations are schedule to go live before the end of the year. Passengers connect through access points installed at the stations. Each station is directly connected to Virgin Media's next-generation fibre backhaul network.

Virgin Media director of Metro Wireless Kevin Baughan said: "Londoners and visitors are loving are new Wi-Fi service and we're on track to connect Tube journeys right across London ahead of the games. "With millions of smartphones, gadgets and devices taken onto the Tube each day, the demand for data continues to grow and we're rolling out a future-proofed service that makes superfast wireless connections the standard."

"In partnership with TfL, we've achieved a huige amount and have launched a service London can be proud of".

Source: mobile news. "Over 100.000 Tube travellers now using free Wi-Fi service"". Pag 20. 16 July 2012. Issue 518

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