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The Greater London Authority (GLA) has given contract to Virgin Media to provide Wi-Fi across 120 underground stations in the occasion of Olympics.
Passengers of the London Underground will be able to go online via Wi-Fi, reports BBC News. Wireless Wi-Fi service working in the subway in July 2012. In the same month in London will start XXX Summer Olympic Games.
By July, Wi-Fi will be available in 80 of the 270 London Underground stations. By the end of the year the number of stations where you can go on the Internet will grow to 120. Wi-Fi signal can be caught only on platforms, escalators and hallways at the box office. In tunnels, the network will not operate.
The contract for the provision of metro passengers Internet access services provider won the Virgin Media.
At the time of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, access to the network will be free. Later, with the passengers will be charged a fee, which is not specified. Site of the London transport company TfL will remain free .
Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, said: “It’s vital that we harness the massive opportunities stemming from the digital revolution, by creating a vibrant, world class industry to attract investment and create jobs for Londoners.
“This is a fabulous new and free resource which will be in place from this summer when London is being showcased on a global stage and playing host to millions.”
Neil Berkett, chief executive of Virgin Media, said: “With the eyes of the world on London this summer, we’ll be showing off our capital as a leading connected city on the global stage.”