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A new O2 and Virgin Media deal will result in London Underground commuters being provided with Wi-Fi access for free at 120 of the capital’s stations.
Beginning in June 2013, following an agreement between Virgin and O2, both current and new O2 Wi-Fi subscribers will be able to access Wi-Fi on selected underground stations. Virgin also has similar deals with both Vodafone and EE.
Virgin also announced that a dozen additional London Underground stations will be benefiting from Wi-Fi this week. Consequently, the additional 12 new stations has now raised the figure for those stations able to offer Wi-Fi this summer to 120. Among the 12 stations included are Earl’s Court, Baker Street, Ladbroke Grove, Maida Vale, and the Central line at Shepherd’s Bush.
O2 Head of Consumer, Gary Booker, spoke of how “excited” he felt to be able to now offer free Wi-Fi to the company’s customers on London Underground stations.
Mr. Booker spoke of how O2′s customers “want to stay connected” and be able to check their email and social media accounts, shop online, or book holidays, and generally keep in touch with family and friends. Because of the O2 and Virgin agreement, Mr. Booker added, this has now been made possible at many Central London Tube stations.
London Underground’s Director of Strategy and Service Development, Gareth Powell, spoke of the O2 and Virgin deal being “excellent news” and of how it will benefit the Tube’s many users. Mr. Powell said that introducing Wi-Fi to users of the Tube was an example of how London Underground was “improving services for our customers”.
Virgin claim that, inside and outside of the family home, fibre optic technology allows the company to offer “unrivalled capacity” for emerging digital services. Virgin also added that the new technology will help to cater for the increasing popularity of mobile broadband and related wireless services.
Head of London Wi-Fi at Virgin Media, Mark Williamson, summed up how Wi-Fi on the Tube had gone from “strength to strength”. He added that he was “delighted” that Londoners would be benefiting from Wi-Fi access and “for no extra cost.”