Wi-Fi to be available on London's Tubes this summer

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Wi-Fi to be available on London's Tubes this summerPA


The dreaded morning commute could be about to get more interesting, as Transport for London announces that internet access will be available on the Tube network ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.

Wi-Fi access will be available at 120 stations throughout the network, giving commuters the chance to check the news while waiting for the train.

The service will not be available while passengers are travelling in between stations, and it has yet to be announced who the service provider will be.

Gareth Powell, TfL's director of strategy and service development told the Telegraph: "We are in the final stages of the tender process.

"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."

The news follows plans recently announced to make London Europe's largest free Wi-Fi zone this summer.

A deal between 02 and Westminster, Kensington, and Chelsea councils will see transmitters installed on lamp posts and other street objects in areas particularly popular with tourists to offer free internet access so that visitors to the Olympics can enjoy London easily.

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