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Monday, March 26, 2012

London Overground to receive free WiFi from The Cloud

WiFi hotspot provider The Cloud is installing free WiFi at all 56 London Overground stations from this summer. Rollout is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The news follows just over a week after Virgin Media’s announcement that it’s installing WiFi services at London Underground stations.

London Overground’s WiFi service will offer 60 minutes of free internet access each day at every London Overground station.

Howard Smith, Chief Rail Operating Officer for Transport for London, said “London Overground is one of the best performing railways in the UK. We have modernised every area of the service including the train fleet, the stations and signalling. By providing this new service our passengers will be able to access our latest travel information free of charge and it will enhance our reputation as providing a truly modern railway fit for the 21st century.”

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Rob Smith, Director, Market Development, MDS

3/27/2012 8:39 AM

Today’s news is great for commuters and Londoners alike – especially following in the footsteps of the Underground announcing similar plans earlier this year.

However, it will provide a fresh and sizeable challenge for network operators to incorporate yet another provision to customers and businesses, who will demand the same seamless connectivity and experience they expect when static.

Ensuring the new networks are delivered reliably and cost effectively will be crucial to building a solid customer base for them, not just in the run up to and during the Olympics, but as a lasting service of which London can be proud.

If London is to remain one of the key global business and economic hubs then such infrastructure is critical, but the operators need to ensure it is built to last – and that their own systems can comfortably manage the customer’s movements between networks – and not delivered as a novelty in time for the summer games.

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