Virgin Wi-Fi for London Underground

London Underground has awarded the contract to provide Wi-Fi access on the tube to Virgin Media.

Wireless Internet access will be available at 80 stations in time for the Olympics, while the service will be rolled out to a further 40 stations by the end of the year, the company said. Wi-Fi coverage will be available in ticket halls, escalators and platforms, but not between stations.

The service will be free for passengers during the Olympics and Paralympics. After the Games, however, it will only offer free live Transport for London travel information via a new online portal for free, while passengers using the network to access other services will be charged on a pay as you go basis. Virgin customers will pay for the service through their regular subscriptions.

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