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Virgin Media extends tube Wi-Fi coverage to 20 stations

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by Oluseun Alufa
, 11 Dec 2012News
Virgin Media extends tube Wi-Fi coverage to 20 stations

Virgin Media’s underground Wi-Fi network is set to add 20 stations to its service, with a further 28 set to gain web connectivity early in the New Year.  

The move fulfills the initial target set in November to reach a total tally of 92 connected stations. The Wi-Fi access will now be available at the following underground stops: Camden Town, Clapham Common, Notting Hill Gate, Russell Square, Belsize Park, Seven Sisters, Chalk Farm, South Kensington, Highgate, Swiss Cottage, Mornington Crescent, Bounds Green, Balham, Finsbury Park, Holloway Road, Oval, Clapham South, Turnpike Lane, Lancaster Gate and Wood Green.

“Wi-Fi on London Underground has been an incredible success and we’ve rolled out the service to reach even more stations throughout London, from Camden Town to Clapham Common,” said Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media.

General access to free Wi-Fi will soon be restricted to Virgin broadband subscribers as well as customers of recently acquired partners, EE and Vodafone.

“Our wholesale agreement with EE and Vodafone will keep the majority of Tube users connected for no extra cost and every Londoner and visitor can choose from affordable PAYG options with free, up-to-the-minute travel, news and entertainment for everyone,” James added.

According to the telecoms firm the service has recorded 800,000 users since its launch earlier this year.

“Thousands of our customers are already using Wi-Fi at Tube stations to keep up-to-date with live travel information, news and entertainment,” read a statement from director of strategy and service development for London underground, Gareth Powell.

“The arrival of Wi-Fi at these extra 20 stations will allow even more of our passengers to connect to the net while they are on the move across London,” he concluded.

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