London Underground getting Wi-Fi hotspot treatment

London Underground getting Wi-Fi hotspot treatment

Summary: While New Yorkers wait for the subway to get the Wi-Fi access they've been promised, the London Underground is being outfitted with Wi-Fi hotspots ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games next summer.

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While New Yorkers wait for the subway to get the Wi-Fi access they've been promised, the London Underground is being outfitted with Wi-Fi hotspots ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games next summer.

A "successful trial" has already been completed at Charing Cross station, and the service is expected to be active at 120 stations around the city of London by June 2012.

BT Openzone is responsible for that initial test, along with an upcoming six-month trial run on the Northern and Bakerloo line platforms as well as in the ticket hall at the central London station. Thus, BT broadband customers will get to access this service as a freebie. Commuters who are contracted to other providers such as O2 and Vodafone can connect using mobile contracts.

Unfortunately, the Wi-Fi access is only available on the platforms - not on the trains nor in the Tube itself. You can absolutely bet that those Wi-Fi hotspots are going to be unbelievably clogged during the Olympics (or even during a regular commute hour), but it's a welcome addition to the Underground nonetheless.

Topics: Mobility, Networking, Wi-Fi

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  • cool, glad to see Londoners being bled

    to pay for a wifi network that will be mismanged and will provide mediocre service, all to impress visitors to the Olympics.

    New York doesnt need any more socialist make-work projects..but Im sure they'll be desperate to play catch up.
    otaddy
    • RE: London Underground getting Wi-Fi hotspot treatment

      @otaddy I don't understand your comment. It seems perfectly reasonable to have a wifi connection on the underground. Seems like it is long overdue.
      Vextasy
    • RE: London Underground getting Wi-Fi hotspot treatment

      @otaddy

      Many of the locally based users will get the tube station WIFI access free as BT Openzone usage comes as standard with their BT home broadband service.

      BT manages more wifi hot spots than any other telecoms carrier in the UK, so it?s not a ?make work? infrastructure.

      As for the ?socialist? bit, BT are listed on the London stock exchange and a large portion of their stock is owned by some very anti socialist US based financial institutions.

      http://grahamsblog4444.blogspot.com/
      grahamc2
  • RE: London Underground getting Wi-Fi hotspot treatment

    I bet it will be costly though.
    bradavon