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BT To Offer Wi-Fi Service To London Underground Users?

BT has started trials to offer Wi-Fi on London Underground with connectivity being offered at Charing Cross underground station at the ticket hall and for both the Bakerloo and Northern line platforms.

The tests, which will last six months and start on the 1st of November, are several steps away from a full blown wireless communication mesh across London Underground.

Don't expect to make mobile phone calls though for the time being.

Users won't be able to use internet whilst in tunnels but BT broadband customers and possibly those who have BT Openzone as part of their package will be able to test it.

All mobile phone owners with Wi-Fi connectivity, laptop or tablets will be able to read travel information for free but will be further restricted.

Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, has put his weight behind the campaign to transform London into a Wi-Fi hotspot before the 2012 London Olympics.

With more than half of London's councils having already agreed to help, lamp posts, bus stops and any other public amenities may be used to achieve this goal.

Kulveer Ranger, the mayor’s transport adviser, said that "An ever growing commuter populace has been clamouring to be able to check their e-mails and browse the net whilst on the go."

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.