Virgin Media WiFi Arrives at 20 More London Underground Stations
-92 Tube stations now WiFi enabled across London, from Camden Town to Clapham Common
-800,000 passengers online underground
-WiFi service on track to reach 120 stations in early 2013
Another 20 London Underground stations have come online thanks to Virgin Media’s WiFi service on London Underground. The new stations, including Camden Town, Clapham Common Notting Hill Gate and Russell Square, bring the total number of WiFi enabled stations to 92 with a further 28 stations due to come online in early 20131.
The London Underground stations joining Virgin Media’s WiFi service today are:
Belsize Park - Notting Hill Gate
Camden Town - Seven Sisters
Chalk Farm - South Kensington
Highgate - Swiss Cottage
Mornington Crescent - Bounds Green
Balham - Finsbury Park
Clapham Common - Holloway Road
Oval - Russell Square
Clapham South - Turnpike Lane
Lancaster Gate - Wood Green
800,000 people have registered with Virgin Media WiFi, launched as a free service for 2012, using the service to stay up-to-date with TfL travel information, Tweet, access apps, update Facebook and send emails whilst underground.
Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media said: “WiFi on London Underground has been an incredible success and we’ve rolled out the service to reach even more stations throughout London, from Camden Town to Clapham Common. Our wholesale agreement with EE and Vodafone will keep the majority of Tube users connected for no extra cost and every Londoner and visitor can choose from affordable PAYG options with free, up-to-the-minute travel, news and entertainment for everyone.”
Gareth Powell, Director of Strategy and Service Development for London Underground, said: “Thousands of our customers are already using WiFi at Tube stations to keep up-to-date with live travel information, news and entertainment. The arrival of WiFi at these extra 20 stations will allow even more of our passengers to connect to the net while they are on the move across London.”
Virgin Media recently announced EE and Vodafone UK as wholesale partners for its WiFi service on London Underground. Millions of EE, Vodafone and Virgin Media customers2 will be able to enjoy full WiFi access across London Underground following the deal, keeping the majority of Tube passengers connected for no extra cost3 in 2013 and beyond.
Virgin Media will also launch a Pay As You Go (PAYG) service in early 2013, with daily, weekly and monthly passes4, giving Tube passengers a range of options about how to get online underground.
Virgin Media’s comprehensive WiFi portal will continue to keep all Tube passengers up-to-date with TfL travel information and great London news and entertainment for free.
Notes to Editors
1 92 London Underground stations are already WiFi enabled with a further 28 stations due to come online in early 2013. To keep up-to-date with the roll-out, please visit www.virginmedia.com/wifi or www.tfl.gov.uk/wifi
2 Available to Virgin Media broadband and mobile subscribers, active Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile and EE mobile customers
3 Virgin Media broadband and mobile subscribers, EE and Vodafone customers represent approximately 76% of consumers in Greater London
4 Virgin Media will launch a PAYG service to ensure everyone make full use of the WiFi service in 2013 and beyond. Expected PAYG costs are:
Length of PAYG pass - Cost
Daily - £2
Weekly - £5
Monthly - £15
To power the WiFi service, Virgin Media is providing fibre connectivity to each Underground station and London Underground has installed in-station equipment, including on-platform access points, to create a station-wide hotspot.
Passengers are able to get online throughout connected London Underground stations: from the ticket hall, on the escalators and on the platforms. Users will be also connected whilst on a train in a platform but WiFi will not work in London Underground tunnels.
To use the free WiFi service, London Underground passengers just need to connect to the service with their WiFi enabled device and register their email address. Further details of how to connect to WiFi at Tube stations if you’re a Vodafone, EE or Virgin Media customer or would like to make use of forthcoming PAYG options will be communicated via customer channels to all Tube passengers
About Virgin Media
Virgin Media is the first provider of all four broadband, TV, mobile phone and home phone services in the UK.
The company’s cable network – the result of a multi-billion pound private investment – delivers ultrafast broadband connections to over half of all UK homes, with speeds of up to 100Mb, and is being expanded to reach thousands more people across the country.
Virgin Media has developed the most advanced interactive television service, bringing together broadcast TV, thousands of hours of on demand programming and the best of the web in a single set-top box powered by TiVo. The company was the first to offer HD TV and 3D on demand to millions of UK households.
Virgin Media also operates the most popular virtual mobile network in the UK which, when launched, was the world’s first such mobile phone service. It is also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the country.
Virgin Media Inc. is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market and the London Stock Exchange (VMED).
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