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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wi-Fi Tests at "Secret" Tube Station

The BBC were doing some tests of  Wi-Fi on the London Underground today at a secret location.  It seems to be "pretty fast" right now, but Rory Cellan-Jones said "let's see how it goes when thousands are using it".  He also had the privilege of sending
the first tweet, saying, "Historic first tweet from deep under London using @TFLofficial @virginmedia new tube wifi service - testing, testing."



Guesses on the "secret location" appear to be favouring Warren Street.  So if you're travelling through the station today on the Victoria Line look out for the sensors on the tunnel roof.

Wi-Fi has been promised at 80 stations. The Virgin Media contract is only for ticket offices, escalators and platforms because it would have required major construction work to have added connectivity to the network's tunnels. But if you are on the Tube in an area within the stations covered, there may be enough range to pick up a connection on a train itself. 120 stations will be fitted out by the end of the year.

Laptop & Brompton on the Tube

After the period of free access to all during the Olympics, Virgin Media's broadband & mobile customers will get continued access as part of their subscriptions. Other non-paying users will be limited to a site showing online travel information.

Thanks to Lloyd Davis for alerting me to this.

Related posts
London Overground Stations to get WiFi in time for Olympics
Virgin Media win London Underground wi-fi contract
TfL say on track for Tube Wi-Fi to be enabled for Olympics
WiFi Tests on London Underground  


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