Free WiFi is coming to 56 London Overground stations, courtesy The Cloud. Expected to start rolling out over the summer, the deployment is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
After a one time registration, users will be able to access the service for free for 60 minutes per day, with subsequent use charged on a pay as you go basis.
Announcing the deployment, Steve Murphy, Managing Director of London Overground said, “Access to the internet is no longer limited solely to home or to the workplace”...“People's expectation is to be able to work and communicate effectively and seamlessly while they are on the move so we are delighted to support this initiative which will bring reliable, free WiFi to London Overground customers.”
This news follows the recent announcement that Virgin Media will be providing WiFi services to some 80 London Underground stations. The majority of these are expected to be operational in time for the Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games. However, while the London Overground service will permanently be free the underground deal will see Virgin charging for access after the Olympics, though it will be free to Virgin Media customers.
The first batch of major stations that are set to be WiFi enabled by the end of 2012 include Willesden Junction, West Hampstead, New Cross Gate, Forest Hill, West Croydon, Norwood Junction, Surrey Quays, Dalston, Wapping, Hackney Central, Kensington Olympia and Shepherd's Bush.
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