WiFi arriving at six more London Underground stations

Superfast wifi will be available on platforms at Golders Green, Southgate, West Kensington, Parsons Green, Kilburn and East Putney stations tomorrow.

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Superfast wifi from Virgin Media will be available on platforms at Golders Green, Southgate, West Kensington, Parsons Green, Kilburn and East Putney stations tomorrow.

A total of 137 of London Underground’s 270 tube stations will be connected to wifi from Virgin Media, which plans to roll out connections to the remaining stations in the summer.

More than 800,000 devices are currently registered to use wifi on the London Underground, sending an average of one million emails, web pages, Tweets and Facebook posts underground every week day.

Virgin revealed that traffic from BlackBerry devices has doubled over the past year, however the gap between iOS and Android usage on the network is narrowing, with 65 percent of web page views coming from iOS devices and 30 percent from Android devices, compared to a 74 percent to 20 percent ratio last year.

Joe Lathan, director of broadband at Virgin Media, said: “Virgin Media’s wifi on the London Underground has been a huge success with Londoners and visitors alike so we’re delighted to be connecting even more people in more places. We’re working with TfL and our wholesale partners to deliver a fantastic experience across the capital and make catching up on emails, checking for travel updates or sending a Tweet easier than ever before.” 

Virgin has now partnered with EE, 02 and Vodafone so that non Virgin media customers can still connect at no extra cost. 3 is now the only mobile operator to not have signed an agreement with Virgin Media to offer customers access.

Commuters can only connect on the station platform, not through tunnels. 

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