Looks like tube commuters will be blessed with Wi-Fi in 120 stations around London in the run up to the 2012 Olympic games. Who is going to be providing the access hasn’t been announced yet, nor whether it’s going to be free or a paid-for service, but it’s still “on track” according to Transport for London.
During the trials in Charring Cross station Wi-Fi was provided by BT, with non-BT users being charged for access – so it could easily be a BT Openzone roll out. TfL will make an announcement about the provider in “early Spring”, so we should know soonish.
Unfortunately, it’s literally just the stations that are going to get Wi-Fi, not the trains or tunnels, so you’re not going to be able to stream iPlayer or something like that uninterrupted on your morning commute.
Still, at the platform is better than nothing. And Wi-Fi-only should mean you won’t get people jabbering loudly on their phones as they stand pressed up to you back shouting in your ear. It’s bad enough that they’re hot, sweaty and stink, let alone making you deaf at the same time. [Evening Standard]
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