Virgin Media to provide WiFi for London Underground
The Olympics are edging closer, and preparations throughout London are underway. This includes setting up the underground tube stations with high-speed Internet so that commuters can check their email, surf the web, and access the Internet while they’re on the go.
Mayor Boris Johnson announced the news just recently, stating: “It’s vital that we harness the massive opportunities stemming from the digital revolution, by creating a vibrant, world-class industry to attract investment and create jobs for Londoners. This is a fabulous new and free resource which will be in place from this summer when London is being showcased on a global stage and playing host to millions.”
Chosen to take on this project of connecting commuters to the world wide web is Virgin Media. The provider will be in charge of setting up the underground to enable free WiFi access beginning this summer. The new WiFi service will be launching as a free service and is done in partnership with the London Underground.
Neil Berkett who is the CEO of Virgin Media, said: “With the eyes of the world on London this summer, we’ll be showing off our capital as a leading connected city on the global stage. We’re putting the power of Virgin Media’s fibre optic network in the hands of millions of Londoners, commuters and visitors and are delighted to be launching Wi-Fi for free throughout summer 2012 and beyond. We’ll help people make the most of the city and will continue to evolve the service, ensuring everyone can benefit from a service London will be proud of.”
Gareth Powell, LU’s Director of Strategy and Service Development, said: “We’re upgrading the Tube to make it fit for the 21st Century. This latest innovation is great news for Tube customers, who now have access to emails, web and social media underground for the first time. It’s also delivered at no cost to fare payers and taxpayers.
“Today, TfL provides a wealth of free live travel information, via our website and through the many excellent travel apps now available. Wi-Fi on the Tube means our customers can now get the latest live travel information and check how services are running, on the move and underground, where and when they need it.”