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120 Underground Wi-Fi hotspots will erupt in 2012

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120 Underground Wi-Fi hotspots will erupt in 2012

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By John Oates, 28th March 2011 08:00 GMT

Transport for London is tendering for bidders to open Wi-Fi hotspots at underground stations, and possibly even at bus stations and stops.

The decision follows a trial with BT OpenZone at Charing Cross tube station in central London. Transport for London said the tender was for up to 120 tube stations, out of a total of 260. The contract will be awarded to a provider or reseller by the end of 2011 with the aim of getting some stations at least online by the Olympics. The first stage will be to open London Underground's own Wi-Fi networks at 16 stations for customers to use.

Research from the Charing Cross pilot found over half those questioned felt that access to Wi-Fi would make their experience of using the Tube better. We're assuming the other half wanted to know where their bloody train was.

TfL will charge providers for access; it will be up to them to collect payment from users.

Access will not explicitly be for voice – we asked about VoIP but didn't get a clear answer. And access is to the platform edge only, not onboard trains.

More on this topic here: http://www.theregist...ss_underground/

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