Wi-Fi for London Underground Being Scaled Back for the Olympics

Posted by at 12:02 pm on April 1, 2011

Four UK carriers and Huawei on Friday said to Reuters they had scrapped plans to light up the London Underground with Wi-Fi in time for the 2012 summer Olympics. The team determined that the old, narrow tunnels would have taken too much time to get a truly complete network ready. They didn’t rule out Wi-Fi later and said they would explore “all other avenues.”

City mayor Boris Johnson said he was “disappointed” that 3 UK, Everything Everywhere, O2, and Vodafone couldn’t get the network ready on time but accepted that there were “genuine problems” to overcome.

Wi-Fi is still expected to expand in the Tube but in a more limited way than first planned.

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