120 Wi-Fi Hotspots On London Underground By 2012 Olympics

The London Underground is planning to install Wi-Fi hotspots in 120 Tube stations across London in time for the 2012 Olympics.

Transport for London has invited companies to file tenders for installing the Wi-Fi hotspots. The wireless internet technology must be installed and activated by June 2012. Under the proposed plans, platforms and public areas within the stations will be equipped with Wi-Fi access.

The LU has already successfully tested a Wi-Fi hotspot at London's Charing Cross station in order to determine how the service would work and commuters' reaction to the move. The trial was conducted using BT's OpenZone Wi-Fi service.

A survey conducted found that more than half of the capital's commuters believed Wi-Fi connectivity would make their journey better. According to the Transport for London, Wi-Fi hotspots at tube stations could be a source of revenue for the organisation in the near future.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said in a statement, “The rollout of Wi-Fi technology across the platforms and public areas of our Tube stations will finally allow Londoners to use mobile devices to pick up their emails, access social media sites and stay in touch with the world above while they traverse our subterranean transport network.”