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Virgin Media Inc. : Tube WiFi smashes one million connections in 24 hours

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10/17/2012 | 06:26am EDT

WiFi on London Underground to remain free for everyone in 2012

Following a landmark day which saw Virgin Media's WiFi service deliver over one million tweets, Facebook posts, emails and web pages in its busiest 24 hours yet1, Virgin Media today announced that WiFi on London Underground will remain free for everyone throughout 2012.

Over 661,000 people are now online underground, with Waterloo, Victoria, King's Cross, and Oxford Circus some of the busiest connected Tube stations. WiFi from Virgin Media is already available in 72 London Underground stations, from the ticket halls to the platforms, with more stations due to be brought online in 2012.

Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media, said: "WiFi on London Underground has been an incredible success with hundreds of thousands of people kept up-to-date and entertained whilst travelling around our capital city. Commuters and visitors will be able to make use of the internet throughout 2012 and we're in positive talks with potential wholesale partners to ensure a fantastic experience for all Tube passengers throughout 2012 and beyond."

Gareth Powell, London Underground's Director of Strategy and Service Development, said: "WiFi at Tube stations is proving to be a very popular service with up-to-the-minute travel information and journey planner at passengers' fingertips. There are already 72 London Underground stations online and our engineers are working in partnership with Virgin Media to continue the roll-out in 2012."

The comprehensive WiFi portal with TfL travel information, updates and London news and entertainment will remain free for all Tube passengers throughout 2012 and beyond. From next year, Virgin Media's broadband and mobile subscribers will continue to have full online access and Virgin Media is engaged with potential wholesale partners to provide the service to their own customers on an ongoing basis.

Notes to Editors

1 On Thursday 27th September, 1,056,000 individual online interactions, such as passengers accessing apps, Tweeting, posting on Facebook, sending an email and accessing a web page, were completed. Use of the service continues to grow with over 1,121,637 individual sessions completed on Friday 12th October

2 Virgin Media broadband and mobile subscribers will continue to have free access to WiFi on London Underground

3 In 2013 the comprehensive WiFi portal with TfL travel information, updates and London news and entertainment will remain free for all Tube passengers

72 London Underground stations are now WiFi enabled. To keep up-to-date with the roll-out, please visit www.virginmedia.com/wifi or www.tfl.gov.uk/wifi

For journalist enquiries contact

Emma Hutchinson
Virgin Media
t: 0207 909 3290
e: emma.hutchinson@virginmedia.co.uk

Press Office
t: 0207 909 2225
e: pressoffice@virginmedia.co.uk

About Virgin Media

Virgin Media is the first provider of all four broadband, TV, mobile phone and home phone services in the UK.

The company's cable network - the result of a multi-billion pound private investment - delivers ultrafast broadband connections to over half of all UK homes, with speeds of up to 100Mb, and is being expanded to reach thousands more people across the country.

Virgin Media has developed the most advanced interactive television service, bringing together broadcast TV, thousands of hours of on demand programming and the best of the web in a single set-top box powered by TiVo. The company was the first to offer HD TV and 3D on demand to millions of UK households.

Virgin Media also operates the most popular virtual mobile network in the UK which, when launched, was the world's first such mobile phone service. It is also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the country.

Virgin Media Inc. is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market and the London Stock Exchange (VMED).

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