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A new wholesale agreement between O2 and Virgin Media will provide commuters at 120 London underground stations with free Wi-Fi access.

From June 2013, new and existing O2 Wi-Fi subscribers will automatically be granted access to Wi-Fi on the Underground after the company signed a deal with Virgin Media similar to the agreements already in place with EE and Vodafone.

Furthermore, Virgin Media confirmed that 12 other London Underground stations are set to benefit from Wi-Fi from this week, comprising Acton Town, Baker Street, Bank & Monument, Caledonian Road, Earl's Court, Holland Park, Ladbroke Grove, Maida Vale, Queen's Park, Shepherd's Bush (Central line), Sloane Square and West Ruislip.

It brings the total number of Wi-Fi enabled stations to 120, which meets both Virgin Media and Transport for London's target of 120 London Underground stations being online by the summer of 2013.

Gary Booker, Head of Consumer at O2, said he is "excited" about bringing free Underground Wi-Fi to O2 customers.

"Our customers want to stay connected wherever they are and will soon be able to check their email, update their Facebook status, shop online, book their next holiday and stay connected to their friends and family right across Tube stations in Central London," he added.

Gareth Powell, Director of Strategy and Service Development for London Underground, said having O2 on board is "excellent news" for the thousands of people that use the Tube each day.

"Most customers will now be able to access live travel information or use social media to plan their social life while on the move. Wi-Fi on the Tube is part of how we are improving services for our customers," he stated.

According to Virgin Media, having a unique fibre optic network means it is able to deliver "unrivalled capacity" for next generation digital services both inside and outside the home, which can help to meet the increasing demand for mobile broadband and other wireless services.

Mark Williamson, Head of London Wi-Fi at Virgin Media, concluded: "Wi-Fi on London Underground has gone from strength to strength and we're delighted the majority of Londoners are staying connected for no extra cost."

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