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More than eight million tweets, Facebook posts, emails and page impressions were delivered over Virgin Media's London Underground Wi-Fi network during London 2012, it has been reported.

Figures published by the broadband provider reveal that Londoners and the millions of people who visited the capital were eager to take advantage of internet connectivity on the Tube.

Olympic venues and central tourist destinations - Stratford, North Greenwich, West Ham, Covent Garden, Canning Town and Waterloo - were some of the busiest Wi-Fi-enabled stations.

Wednesday August 1st - the day of Team GB's first gold medals - was the busiest day for the new Wi-Fi service.

Kevin Baughan, Director of Metro Wireless at Virgin Media, said: “In an unforgettable sporting fortnight, Wi-Fi on the London Underground delivered a world class experience and, just like the Team GB athletes, unparalleled speeds.

"Thousands of people signed up every day, sharing photos and keeping up-to-date with the latest Olympic moments and, even at [the] very busiest stations, we’ve delivered a fantastic service.”

Gareth Powell, London Underground’s Director of Strategy and Service Development, said wireless broadband at Tube stations "helped keep everyone moving and entertained throughout the Games".

He explained that passengers enjoyed having up-to-the-minute travel information and journey planners at their fingertips.

"It’s proving to be a great service and we expect it to be very popular during the Paralympics too," Mr Powell added.

"We look forward to continuing the roll-out and connecting up to 120 London Underground stations by the end of the year.”

After September, the comprehensive Wi-Fi portal with Transport for London travel information, updates and London news and entertainment will remain free for all Tube passengers.

In addition, Virgin Media is giving mobile operators, broadband providers and others the opportunity to continue to provide this service to their own customers on an ongoing basis.

Virgin Media broadband and mobile subscribers will continue to have free Wi-Fi access.

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