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Wi-Fi Access Across London Subway Stations by 2012

Written on March 27, 2011 by R. Depp

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Just about half of the London Underground’s 270 stations are being equipped with Wi-Fi access just in time before the 2012 Olympic Games.

The subway station was initially provided with a temporary subterranean Internet access way back in October 2010. This gave the commuters a six-month long connection, with the test funded by U.K. broadband service BT, bringing hotspots to the Northern and Bakerloo line platforms, as well as the ticket hall at the central London station.

With the initial test considered successful, the is now inviting telecom firms to a contract bidding that would provide Wi-Fi to 120 of London’s subway stations come June 2012. The winner of the contract shall be announced before the year ends.

However, users of the Internet service will only be able to connect to Wi-Fi on the platforms, not while on the trains themselves. According to reports, access has only been free for subscribers of BT’s broadband service with unlimited Fon Wi-Fi minutes, and for customers during the past six months of initial testing. Furthermore, subscribers of , , and have also been able to access the service through bundled mobile packages.

Back in May 2010, London mayor Boris Johnson said that “Every lamp post [and] every bus stop will one day very soon, and before the , be Wi-Fi enabled” as part of an effort by to position London as a world leader in technological innovation.

Meanwhile, according to Lauren Indvik of , Transit Wireless LLC is working with New York City Transit to bring Wi-Fi to New York City’s subway system. Singapore, Berlin and Tokyo already offer Wi-Fi access in their respective underground metros.

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