Glasgow Subway first in UK to offer Wi-Fi underground

Glasgow Subway has become the first UK transport system to provide 3G and Wi-Fi networks underground.

The service, which uses The Cloud’s mobile Wi-Fi and Arqiva’s communication infrastructure services, provides connectivity for Wi-Fi-enabled devices in 15 stations and on subway platforms across Glasgow.

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) owns and operates the Glasgow Subway. “This is a real breakthrough for us as it opens up new lines of communication for our customers. We are delighted to be the first UK subway to offer Wi-Fi on the go,” said Gordon Maclennan, SPT chief executive.

Commuters will receive the first 15 minutes of Wi-Fi for free. Further minutes can be purchased on a pay-as-you-go basis. The Cloud’s Fastconnect application is also available for O2 Apple iPhone users.

Naunton Dickins, UK managing director for The Cloud, said, “This is great news for the Glasgow Subway, they have beaten the London Tube to be first to have Wi-Fi on the subway. The networks are already seeing hundreds of people connecting every day, this will grow to thousands as more and more people realise how easy and fast Wi-Fi is. Glasgow is paving the way for a whole new era of Cloud Wi-Fi networks.”

London mayor Boris Johnson recently announced plans to install a mobile phone signal in the capital’s underground train network in time for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Jenny Williams, Computer Weekly

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