Wireless internet on the Tube by 2012 Olympics


Wireless internet on the Tube by 2012 Olympics

Karl Flinders

Platforms at London Underground stations will have wireless internet access by the time the London Olympics starts in the summer.

According to reports, passengers at 120 stations will be able to access the internet while underground before the Olympics begin in July.

London Underground is continuing with preparations to install the necessary infrastructure and is on schedule to complete the project as planned. An announcement of the chosen service provider will be made in early spring, leaving plenty of time for this to be delivered to customers in time for the 2012 Games," said Transport for London (TfL) director of strategy and service development Gareth Powell.

In February last year, TfL confirmed it was in discussions with Chinese IT giant Huawei regarding a mobile network on the underground network.

Speaking to Computer Weekly at the time, a spokesman for TfL confirmed discussions. "Given the financial pressures on TfL's budgets, any solution would need to be funded through mobile operators with no cost to fare or taxpayers," he said.

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