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Need an internet fix on the tube - head to Charing Cross
Friday 29 October 2010 10:41:00 by Andrew Ferguson

The stony silence of travelling on the tube may be heading into the history books if a trial at Charing Cross Tube station goes well. From 1st November 2010, BT Openzone are teaming up with London Underground to provide Wi-Fi coverage of the ticket hall area and Northern and Bakerloo platforms at Charing Cross.

In addition to BT Broadband and Fon users, those with an Openzone subscription or anyone with Wi-Fi minutes from another provider who has roaming access to Openzone hot-spots, will be able to use the service.

Charing Cross station handles some 68,000 passengers every day, and for those who use it as part of a daily commute, the service may be a blessing or a curse. The underground sections of tube network is one of the last places in London where you know you can't be bothered by the phone and email.

Comments

Posted by cecemf over 6 years ago
Wifi does not give you acces to calls ! only internet ! (you should know that as an IT news website)
Posted by russianmonkey over 6 years ago
It can via VOIP services, AKA skype...
Posted by timmay over 6 years ago
@cecemf you beat me to it. I don't really see the point in WiFi on the tube, it's not like you have any room to do anything on the train anyway.
Posted by Legolash2o over 6 years ago
I know this is off-topic but...
http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/broken-telephone/2010/10/by-jove-i-think-theyve-got-it.html

Scotland is scrapping fibre tax, and a quote "No other EU country taxes lit fibre.""
Posted by Legolash2o over 6 years ago
"Briefing Note to Caio on Business Rates on Optical Fibre" document on the link above is the most interesting read ever!
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
Oh if only the condems would follow suit.

Can't see it...
Posted by Legolash2o over 6 years ago
http://tinyurl.com/DigitalScotland

More information on Digital Scotland, they are hoping to aim for 16Mbps by 2015 and 128Mbps by 2020 to all of scotland.

And the reports suggests to just remove the tax although and other ideas in it's PDF document.
Posted by Legolash2o over 6 years ago
It's much better than the 'Digital Britain' report...

"Scotland gets IT"
http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/broken-telephone/2010/10/scotland-gets-it.html
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
Mobile phones doing voip over wi-fi are pretty common...
Posted by edpgcooper over 6 years ago
I've always thought it would be handy if TfL/LU provided a basic wireless service in their platforms. They could use their existing data infrastructure, a couple of WRT54GL type access points and a leaky feeder at the platforms, ticket halls. You could then deliver train information status to iphones/android etc allowing aware apps on our phones to adaptively re-plan journeys to avoid congestion and breakdowns. Another benefit is that the phone would know what station it is at.
Posted by otester over 6 years ago
Only problem is it's BT, their wifi is ****.
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
otester - in what way?
Posted by bosie over 6 years ago
I'll be amazed if it works. Openzone hot spots are notoriously unreliable.
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
Not my experience, regularly use them whilst at overground stations and in coffee bars without a problem.
Posted by otester over 6 years ago
@Somerset

What boeie said.
Posted by otester over 6 years ago
Bosie*
Posted by Saltank over 6 years ago
I used to be on o2 with my iPhone and BT Openzone hotspots worked flawlessly, then I switched to Vodafone and they were flaky, now I've switched to Orange and can hardly use them at all, especially when I have to wait for ages for the login screen and put in my username/password EVERY TIME! This won't work until the carriers fix it.
Posted by shaleafe over 6 years ago
wow amazing It's much better than the 'Digital Britain' report.SMART Vehicle Transportation. Covered Vehicle Transportation specialising in Prestige, Classic and Performance Cars.[b][url=http://www.supertransport.co.uk/]car delivery[/url][/b]
Posted by otester over 6 years ago
@Saltank

With O2 (assuming you had the wifi addon), does it auto-detect.
Posted by nmg196 over 6 years ago
@cecemf The article makes no claims that WiFi will enable you to make/receive calls. The last sentence is an independent statement.
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