Virgin Media extends free Wi-Fi on Underground until 2013

Virgin Media extends free Wi-Fi on Underground until 2013

Virgin Media's free Wi-Fi service on the London Underground will remain free until next year, as the company revealed more than one million connections were made in 24 hours last month.

The service now has more than 661,000 subscribers since it launched in June. It is available across 72 Underground stations across the UK's capital. On 27 September, Virgin Media said it recorded 1,056,000 connections, such as passengers accessing apps, sending Tweets or emails, updating Facebook or browsing online. More than 1.1 million connections were made on 12 October.

The Wi-Fi is free to customers so long as they register with their email address. From 2013, it will remain free for Virgin Media's broadband and mobile customers. The company said it was in talks with potential wholesale partners to provide the service to their own customers.

Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media, said: 'Wi-Fi on London Underground has been an incredible success with hundreds of thousands of people kept up-to-date and entertained whilst travelling around our capital city. 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.'

Gareth Powell, London Underground’s director of strategy and service development, said: 'Wi-Fi at Tube stations is proving to be a very popular service with up-to-the-minute travel information and journey planners at passengers’ fingertips. There are already 72 London Underground stations online and our engineers are working in partnership with Virgin Media to continue the rollout in 2012.'

Editor: Graeme Neill

Written by Mobile Today
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