Feeds

120 Underground Wi-Fi hotspots will erupt in 2012

Spewing LOLcats all over 19th century caverns ...

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

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.

Given the state of most of the underground network, voice calls would be impossible anyway. The 19th century network is going through another of its endless upgrades – even TfL's press emails come with a boilerplate warning of disruptions and delays.

The tender will be advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union later this month and in the national press next Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the pilot programme at Charing Cross continues until later this year.

Discussions with mobile phone companies to provide access "on the deep Tube network" are continuing.

You can find out more about the Tube upgrade programme here, or there's more on internet access at stations here. ®

The Power of One Infographic

More from The Register

next story
Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee
But there's a flaw in Google's IP-based IoT system
Orange spent weekend spamming customers with TXTs
Zero, not infinity, is the Magic Number customers want
Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN
Exec finds stream speed climbs when smuggled out
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website
Deadline for comments on net neutrality shake-up extended to Friday
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
NBN Co execs: No FTTN product until 2015
Faster? Not yet. Cheaper? No data
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.