How convenient would being able to access the internet on the London Underground be? Think about it, you’d be able to answer emails before you got to work. You’d be able to carry out some valuable research on your way home from work for tomorrow’s presentation. You’d even be able to shop online without having to waste any valuable time. The benefits of having free internet access on the Tube, would be multiple.
Well now the prospect of having access to such a useful service is to become a reality with the announcement that the London Underground is to introduce free Wi-Fi in all of its stations by the end of 2012.
The service is being initiated by Cloud, the UK’s leading Wi-Fi provider, which provides internet access through literally hundreds of Cloud Wi-Fi hotspots across the UK. The Cloud, which is owned by BskyB, signed a deal with the London Underground earlier this year, agreeing to provide Wi-Fi at 80 of London’s Underground stations.
Although a number of the busiest of the Underground stations, including West Croydon, Hackney Central and Willesden Junction will have free Wi-Fi access available in time for this year’s London Olympics, Cloud plan to have all of the London Underground stations equipped with fast and reliable Wi-Fi by the end of the year.
For free internet access on the Tube, you simply just have to register with Cloud and will be able to use an hour’s free internet a day.
Talking about the forthcoming service, Steve Murphy, Managing Director of London Overground Rail Operations, said:
“Access to the internet is no longer limited solely to home or to the workplace. People’s expectation is to be able to work and communicate effectively and seamlessly while they’re on the move so we’re delighted to support this initiative which will bring reliable, free Wi-Fi to London Overground’s customers.”