1/24/2012 5:02:13 PM
TfL close to Underground Wi-Fi decision
TfL has revealed it is in the final stages of the tender to provide Wi-Fi access for commuters in 120 Underground stations in time for the Olympics.
It said it will reveal which operator it has signed up to provide the service during the spring. Commuters will be able to access the internet from platforms but not while travelling between stations. Mobile understands Everything Everywhere, O2, Three and Vodafone were in the running for the contract, with BT and Virgin Media competing on the fixed-line side.
TfL’s director of strategy and service development Gareth Powell said: “We are in the final stages of the tender process. London Underground is continuing with preparations to install the necessary infrastructure and is on schedule to complete the project as planned. An announcement of the chosen service provider will be made in early spring, leaving plenty of time for this to be delivered to customers in time for the 2012 Games.'
The contract was tendered after a trial with BT OpenZone at Charing Cross station in central London.