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December 13, 2012

Virgin media extends Wi-Fi to 20 more London Underground stations

UK internet service provider Virgin Media has rolled out its Wi-Fi service to 20 more London Underground stations.

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Virgin Media Wi-Fi

UK internet service provider Virgin Media has rolled out its Wi-Fi service to 20 more London Underground stations.

The new stations equipped with the service include Camden Town, Clapham Common, Notting Hill Gate, Russell Square, Belsize Park, Seven Sisters, Chalk Farm, South Kensington, Highgate and Swiss Cottage.

Other stations now receiving Wi-Fi services include Mornington Crescent, Bounds Green, Balham, Finsbury Park, Holloway Road, Oval, Clapham South, Turnpike Lane, Lancaster Gate and Wood Green.

The move brings the total number of web-connected London Underground stations to 92, with the number expected to rise to 120 by early 2013.

Virgin said about 800,000 people have so far registered with its Wi-Fi service, since its launch as a free service in 2012.

London Underground director of strategy and service development Gareth Powell said thousands of customers are already using Wi-Fi at Tube stations in order to keep up-to-date with live travel information, news and entertainment.

"The arrival of Wi-Fi at these extra 20 stations will allow even more of our passengers to connect to the net while they are on the move across London," Powell said.

"Virgin intends to launch a Pay As You Go (PAYG) option in 2013, offering daily, weekly and monthly passes for tube passengers."

Virtgin Media signed a deal with EE and Vodafone UK in November 2012 as wholesale partners to continue its Wi-Fi coverage for Underground travelers.

Virgin Media executive director of broadband Jon James said: "Our wholesale agreement with EE and Vodafone will keep the majority of Tube users connected for no extra cost and every Londoner and visitor can choose from affordable PAYG options with free, up-to-the-minute travel, news and entertainment for everyone."

The partnership means that in addition to Virgin Media customers, EE, Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile customers will also be able to access Wi-Fi on the Tube network at no additional cost.

Virgin intends to launch a Pay As You Go (PAYG) option in 2013, offering daily, weekly and monthly passes for tube passengers, who can purchase a daily Wi-Fi pass for £2, a weekly pass for £5 and a monthly pass for £15.


Image: Virgin Media expects to increase the number of Wi-Fi enabled Underground stations from 92 to 120 by early 2013. Photo courtesy of Virgin Media.

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