Feeds

London Underground platform Wi-Fi set to cost £2 daily for many

And will drop out once the train leaves for everyone

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Virgin's underground Wi-Fi network, which stretches to platforms at 72 London Tube stations, will start charging from January: but customers on the right network will continue to get a free ride.

EE and Vodafone have signed up to have Virgin connect their customers for free, with Virgin Media customers (broadband and/or mobile) also connecting without charge. Everyone else will have to cough up at least £2 a day for some underground connectivity.

Virgin scored the exclusive coverage, basically by providing free connectivity during the Olympic games. We're told that more than 700,000 travellers have made use of it. The coverage only extends down the platforms, not onto the trains which are squeezed into tunnels barely large enough to fit the additional infrastructure which would be needed - if there were a commercial reason to try.

Connectivity on the platforms enabled Boris Johnson to claim he'd done it, even if "it" wasn't the cellular coverage he was originally hoping for, and now Virgin will be looking to make that investment pay.

Another 48 stations will be added to the network by year's end, and anyone signed up with Orange, T-Mobile, EE or Vodafone will be able to connect after then by registering. Other users (and tourists) will have to buy "daily, weekly and monthly passes starting from £2 per day" if they want to stay connected.

There will be a free service, available to all, but that will lead only to a walled garden maintained by Transport for London. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Whitepapers

10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.