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At least something on the tube moves quickly…

•Average download speed for tube Wi-Fi reaches 18.36Mb¹ – 44% higher than when originally introduced before the Olympics started

•Tube Wi-Fi speed now over double that of the average UK fixed-line connection²

Broadbandchoices.co.uk has repeated its broadband speed tests³ of the first six London Underground stations to offer free Wi-Fi ahead of the Olympics – only to find that speeds have increased since the start of the games to an average of 18.36Mb. The Wi-Fi hotspots, provided by Virgin Media, are now over twice as fast as the average UK landline connection (7.6Mb).

Of the stations tested, Green Park clinched gold with an average download speed of 21.73Mb, closely followed by Euston taking silver with 19.92Mbps and Kings Cross for bronze with 18.49Mb.

Dominic Baliszewski, telecoms expert at Broadbandchoices.co.uk commented:
“London’s tube Wi-Fi has proved to be an unsung hero of the Olympics – keeping travellers online, in touch and able to watch every nail biting moment of the games even if they’re stuck on the platform instead of at the stadium.

“A 44% boost in broadband speed is extremely impressive, especially considering that the London Underground has had to cope with record numbers of passengers over the last two weeks. However, it is also a shaming contrast with households living in rural areas who are languishing on broadband speeds that can barely stream a 30 second music clip, let alone live footage of Usain Bolt breaking another record.”

Virgin Media’s tube Wi-Fi service is currently free for all passengers to use until the Paralympic games finish, when it will be free exclusively for Virgin Media customers.

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Notes to editors

¹ Average download speed in Wi-Fi enabled London Underground stations: 18.36 (source: Broadbandchoices.co.uk)

² Average download speed for UK households: 7.6Mb (source: Ofcom).

³ Speed tests carried out on Tuesday 7th August 2012 between 8.30am and 9.30am at Kings Cross, Euston, Warren Street, Oxford Circus, Green Park and Victoria tube stations. Broadbandchoices.co.uk used an Apple iPhone 4 and used mobile speed test applications from uSwitch and Speedtest.net. Broadbandchoices.co.uk carried out three speed tests per speed test application per tube station and took the mean of those results to provide an average upload and download speed per tube station.

Underground station ----- Average download speed (1) ----- Average download speed (2) ------- % Change

Euston ---------------------------- 14.59 ---------------------------------------------- 19.92 ------------------------- 37%
Warren Street ------------------- 14.53 ---------------------------------------------- 14.58 ------------------------- 0%
Victoria --------------------------- 14.41 ------------------------------------------------ 18.3 --------------------------- 27%
Green Park ----------------------- 13.56 --------------------------------------------- 21.73 --------------------------- 60%
Oxford Circus -------------------- 13.19 ---------------------------------------------- 17.16 --------------------------- 30%
Kings Cross ---------------------- 5.98 ---------------------------------------------- 18.49 --------------------------- 209%
Average --------------------------- 12.71 --------------------------------------------- 18.36 --------------------------- 44%

For further information please contact:

Emily Church
PR Manager
Broadbandchoices.co.uk
020 7400 7403


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