Virgin Media begins underground Wi-Fi delivery

Virgin Media has begun rolling out its wireless internet service to tube stations throughout London.

BBC journalist and presenter Rory Cellan-Jones tweeted from somewhere on the underground, suggesting that the TFL Wi-Fi may very well be delivered in time for the Olympics. "Historic first tweet from deep under London using @TFLofficial @virginmedia new tube wifi service - testing, testing", Cellan-Jones tweeted in the wee hours of 31 May.

Virgin won the contract, which so far only applies to ticket offices, escalators and platforms, to provide wireless services to 80 stations in time for the Summer Olympics and to some 120 stations by the end of 2012. The service will initially be available for free, but the company will begin charging pay-as-you-go rates after the closing of Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"Millions of passengers will now be able to connect to their work, friends or access the latest news and travel information while on the move", London Mayor Boris Johnson said earlier this year.

No confirmation yet regarding which tube stations will be the first to be outfitted with wireless service, but new Wi-Fi networks seem to have surfaced at Warren Street and Oxford Circus, according to one report.