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Free Wi-Fi for 2012 London Olympics

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Virgin Media will offer free wireless internet to mobile devices at 80 of London’s Underground stations in time for the Olympic Games in June and 120  before the end of 2012 – The service, which starts in July, will only work on station platforms and not on moving trains.   BskyB has signed up to bring Wi-Fi communications on Overground rail service.

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The city of London is making a lot of much needed adjustments to accommodate not only the games themselves but also the massive amount of human traffic, with thousands upon thousands of spectators and travellers from across the globe expected to arrive for the Olympics, which will be held in the British Capital for the first time since 1948. BskyB will begin working on the Wi-Fi scheme in the coming months to cater for a number of main stations (but not the trains themselves), and like Virgin and its Tube service, hope to have the Overground network fully covered by the end of the year.

Travellers will be required to complete a registration form and set up an account before receiving one hour free Wi-Fi access per day, but this only need be done the one time and if you want a little longer to communicate with pals and plan your perfect vantage spot to check out the variety of events being showcased, you can easily top up additional time at cost.

Spectators from overseas (or underseas) will also benefit from Wi-Fi supplied by French Telecoms in the Channel Tunnel, with wireless internet delivered 250ft below sea level! The Guardian has reported that the complete 23.5-mile length of the Channel Tunnel will be equipped with telephone communications and internet ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games which begin in June.  The Euro Tunnel, which was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in May of 1994, links Folkstone, Kent to Calais in France by an underwater concrete tube which at its deepest is around 250ft below sea level. This is hardly the most opportune location to make a phone call, send a text or Google a map on your data connection and the French end of the “Chunnel” – a partnership between some of the country’s main networks including Free Mobile and France Telecom Orange is planning on making sure the traffic of travellers into the capital for the games will be able to communicate easily as well as benefit from social networking and arrange their journey with friends and family – this through 2G and 3G courtesy of signal tech co. Alcatel-Lucent.

During the period leading up to the London it’s estimated that the overall number of spectators is set to reach around 500,000 including both UK residents and those travelling from overseas – or under it as the case may be – and the ODA (Olympic Delivery Authority) has urged spectators to leave their vehicles at home and instead use public transport, meaning the Channel Tunnel will be the obvious access route for most European travellers.



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