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Virgin claims three million London Underground Olympic Wi-Fi sessions

02 Aug 2012
A passenger uses Wi-Fi on the London Underground powered by Virgin Media

Virgin Media has revealed that almost three million sessions have been delivered via its London Underground Wi-Fi network since the start of the Olympic Games, and that 72 of a planned 80 stations are now online.

The firm revealed the figures to V3 on Thursday, adding that 43,932 new users have registered to use the service since last Friday, meaning a grand total of 345,889 users have now registered since it first went live on 7 June.

The huge numbers of users underlines the popularity of the service with visitors and locals alike, with 2.7 million sessions, such as accessing Twitter or sending an email, activated on the network since the Games begun on Friday.

This takes the total number of sessions since the service went live to just shy of 15 million as of midnight on Tuesday, 31 July, which was also the busiest day for the network, with 643,013 sessions initiated.

The firm also revealed it is slightly behind track for the completion of its rollout, with 72 stations online, despite aiming to have around 80 online by the start of the Games, although the firm said it was pleased with this work.

"We'd identified a maximum of 80 stations for ahead of the Games and it's a pretty good result for a six week rollout schedule. We'll continue the roll out to around 120 stations in 2012," a spokesperson added.

V3 asked Virgin for the details on the stations that are yet to come online but the firm had not responded to this request at the time of publication.

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Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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