Will Virgin Media Offer Wi-Fi On London Buses?

Just days after Virgin Media's CEO, Neil Berkett, proposed a basic but free Wi-Fi service for Londoners, the Director of Environment and Digital London, Kulveer Ranger, suggested to online website Wired that Londoners could have access to Wi-Fi on buses, although details are still scarce.

Virgin Media's plans hinged on using spare network capacity from its customers during the day and scores of wireless broadband routers scattered all over the capital to deliver 512kbps speeds for non-VM customers and up to 10mbps for existing ones.

Two years ago, the London Mayor, Boris Johnson promised that "every lamp post and every bus stop will one day very soon, and before the 2012 Olympics, be Wi-Fi enabled," and with less than one year remaining before the event takes place, time is running out.

Most coaches - like the Greyhounds or the Oxford Tube - are already equipped with Wi-Fi and it would be interesting to see whether London buses use the same technology.

Likewise we suspect that Virgin Media may officially propose to the London Assembly that they deploy the network for free by installing Wi-Fi broadband routers in their kerbside cabinets.

BSkyB with its subsidiary, the Cloud, mobile network operators like Three and BT, which operates Openzone, could also be in the race to get in the good books of Mr Johnson.