Virgin's London Tube Wi-Fi Network Looks Pretty Quick With No One On It

By Sam Gibbs on at

The first signs of life from Virgin's new London tube station Wi-Fi plan are immerging. The network is currently being installed across stations deep underground, and the BBC's been in to kick the tyres and test the speeds.

Rory Cellan-Jones went down into the depths of the central London tube network; where, he wouldn't say. He sent his first tweet from the depths, and proved that streaming iPlayer was easily possible. He even clocked in speeds over 26Mbps down and 12Mbps up, with a ping of 25ms -- with no one else on it, that is. Still, that's not bad for free Wi-Fi. If you can get anything near that with everyone else trying to stream The Apprentice at the same time, I'll be impressed, but somehow I doubt it.

The problem is still that it's only in stations too, which means it'll be absolutely no good to you while you're actually on the train, hurtling through the stations. Having free Wi-Fi in the stations is better than nothing though. The plan is to have the network up and running in July with 80 stations initially, with another 40 Wi-Fi-enabled stations scheduled to hit before the year is out. Shame it's only going to stay free during the summer of sport. [BBC]

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