London Got Fast and Free Tube Wi-Fi Added: Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
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A few days back London home broadband seems to run as slow as the trains: free Tube station Wi-Fi was turned on for the Olympics, so the citizens of the UK capital may soon prefer to go underground to get a good connection speed.
Earlier in June, Wi-Fi hotspots were turned on at many London Tube stations: Euston, Oxford Circus, Kings Cross, and a number of other busy stations now provide temporarily free Internet from Virgin Broadband.
The survey, conducted into the download speeds of various stations reveals that commuters and tourists crammed onto platforms are enjoying even faster speeds than they would at home. Indeed, the average download speed for the Tube is estimated at 12.7Mb, which is undoubtedly fast enough to watch Euro 2012 when avoiding pickpockets, as well as some live Olympics footage when waiting for one of the London’s ambling trains to turn up.
As such, the tourists over for the Olympics might be impressed, while the speeds they are offered compare quite favorable to that of the average British household, which can only boast a meagre 7.6Mb. For instance, Euston station offers an average download of 14.59Mb, and Victoria can offer an average upload speed of 13.53Mb. However, no-one knows whether such speeds remain available after legions of Olympics fans turn up.
Regardless of some dissent from the natives, the experts believe that the ability to use the web at stations, though not on the Tube itself, will be quite popular among tourists. In addition, while the tourist-targeting Wi-Fi may remain free for a month, people living in London will have to shell out for the service once the Games come to an end.
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Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
|posted by (2012-06-23 18:47:06)|
|well as the leader of the big house down there says we are in it together london gets all the subsidy 1.8BIL for the underground now free wifi but the rest of the country gets unemployment to share between us screw london|
|For a government that's supposed to be a big advocate of austerity, it sure loves to waste billions on unnecessary jubilees, parties, banquets, sporting events and throwing money around to impress foreign visitors while allowing huge corporations to write off billions in tax debts while the rest of us can't even afford the ever-increasing household bills.|
We need an October Revolution. We need another Guy Fawkes. These people have to go. Every single one of them. They've been profiting from our labour and our taxes for generations and it really has to end. They've got the majority of the country living hand-to-mouth while they attend exclusive parties and quaff ridiculously expensive champagne that was paid for with our money.
Britain isn't Britain. London is Britain. It won't be long before they erect a heavily-patrolled containment wall around the city while the rest of us turn to cannibalism.
|posted by (2012-06-23 21:15:46)|
|lol suks to be with anyone BUT virgin seen as ther rolling out 1gbit to households in london hen its not that hard to imagine people gettig tem speeds guess mcdonalds gunna be queit for the time being|
|@DON, Go back to school ... your spelling is ATTROCIOUS (would rate an F from ANY secondary (and most PRIMARY school teachers.)|
|posted by (2012-06-24 01:00:31)|
|@crashman lmao...check your own spelling too mate. it's 'ATROCIOUS' not ATTROCIOUS|
the gov really should spend more on education. period.
|@ livensflame, just 1 question. Why wait until October?|
|posted by (2012-06-24 17:01:19)|
|looks like im gonna be hanging around the underground trawling peoples computers, seriously though why use wifi, its slightly more convenient but is a massive security risk, im gonna stick with my faster LAN connection and just use wifi for hacking|
|What is even more sad than this waste of money and future cash cow for Virgin once olymipics is over, is all these pedantic asses on the net who use spelling and grammer as an excuse to insult someone who has a valid comment. Even bigcow tried to be all high and mighty to correct crashman, yet he still managed to use a lower case right after a full stop rofl (thrice at that double rofl).|
Yes I agree education needs to be prioritised, but not by adding in more cash, the NHS and shools' in this country get more than enough funds to make them the top of the world. It is the incompetant retards in management and human resources who are responsible for this mess, fire the lot and let the schools handle their own budgets, education and employment.
|posted by (2012-06-25 02:09:33)|
|humm, quite curious about the number their stating. normal wifi G only give you at best 18megs on a single connection . and if they had N connection you might expect 50 megs but then divide that by the number of users you do not have much left per individual.. unless thier using some sort of broadcast peer to peer video distribution that use multicast UDP protocol ( ie:octoshape).. do not expect to have banging video distribution via wifi in the TUBE unless their only a couple people watching at one time per every AP|
|Sash99 you are talking in regards to home connections, this is a commercial grade connection, given they are rolling out 1gb for home users on virgin, it would be more than easy for them to have 1000gb connection for tube stations, that would not matter how many users are connected since it is more bandwith than most online tv service sites like BBC Iplayer, Itunes etc.|
Also more than likely they will use their tv network to stream the live olympics events from one of their broadcast tv stations over the wifi, expect to see some kind of virgin app for android and apple if that is the case.
|london getting ready for olympics||
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