Virgin Media today announced that it would be extending free access to its underground Wi-Fi network until 2013. Virgin initially intended to make the free service exclusive to its home broadband subscribers at the close of the Olympics, with non subscribers required to pay for the service.
Virgin installed the Wi-Fi network in seventy-two stations across the capital prior to London 2012. Since going live, more than 660,000 London commuters have accessed the network, while waiting on the station platform or moving along the station concourses.
The 12 October saw the most traffic on the network, with Virgin recording more than 1.1 million ‘individual sessions’. Besides web page and email access, traffic recorded also took app use, Facebook posts and Tweets into consideration.
Virgin Media will be adding more underground stations to its wireless service across London, but have made no indication of placing Wi-Fi connectivity in overground train carriages.
The company is holding negotiations with other internet service providers who are interested in sharing the network so that they can provide free Wi-Fi as part of their own broadband packages.
Virigin Media executive Jon James said, “Commuters and visitors will be able to make use of the internet throughout 2012 and we’re in positive talks with potential wholesale partners to ensure a fantastic experience for all Tube passengers throughout 2012 and beyond.”