Virgin Media WiFi sees rise in registrations due to tube strike
Travelling on the London Tube during rush hour can be a daunting prospect, but many London commuters do it everyday and the availability of WiFi from Virgin Media which started to roll-out in 2012 has helped people pass the time and also plan journeys. The two day tube strike has apparently resulted in a 50% rise in the number of daily registrations for the Virgin Media WiFi network.
The Virgin Media hotspot network covers some 137 tube stations and TfL travel information and a London news and entertainment site are free for everyone to access, with full Internet access given for free to Virgin Media, EE, O2 and Vodafone customers who register. Others can buy access for £2/day, £5/week or a two month pass special for £15 (£15 usually only buys 1 months access).
The tube strike while driving more people to use the WiFi service has also changed some other patterns, e.g. the peak usage has moved from 8:35am to 8:50am while the actual number of unique devices seen on the network each day has dropped by a third. This third being those people who have opted for alternate transport or are taking the day off or working from home.