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120 tube stations to get wi-fi

Charing Cross trial deemed a success

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London Underground is planning to equip up to 120 tube stations with wireless internet access in time for the London 2012 Games.

The proposal was announced today as Transport for London (TfL) invited telecoms companies to tender for the 6-month contract.

The move follows the successful trial of the technology at Charing Cross station, which began in November last year.

Wi-fi on the London Underground

BT Openzone, who conducted the trial, said it was met with enthusiasm by passengers.

The project would start by expanding the wi-fi technology currently used by London Underground employees at 16 stations to tube passengers, TfL said.

It would then be rolled out to 120 tube stations across the Tube network by June 2012.

Commenting on the plans, Boris Johnson, the London mayor, said: ‘The roll-out of wi-fi technology across the platforms and public areas of our tube stations will finally allow Londoners to use mobile devices to pick up their emails, access social media sites and stay in touch with the world above while they traverse our subterranean transport network.’

TfL and the London Mayor are also in discussion with a number of mobile operators to install mobile networks throughout the deep Tube network.

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