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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

London Overground stations to get free Wi-Fi in time for Olympics

27th March 2012

Following the recent news passengers on the London Underground are to get free access to Wi-Fi during the Olympics, it has now been announced that stations on the Overground network will also provide free internet in time for the Games.

The news may be particularly welcome for those thinking of using conference facilities in London during the summer for business events, asit will give workers the ability to use internet services while on the move.

In a deal between London Overground Rail Operations Limited and Wi-Fi provider The Cloud travellers will be offered one hour of free online access every day, at any station on the network, after completing a one-time registration process.

The rollout will cover all 56 London Overground train stations, beginning in the summer and expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Steve Murphy, managing director of London Overground Rail Operations Limited, said: "Access to the internet is no longer limited solely to home or to the workplace, and people's expectation is to be able to work and communicate effectively and seamlessly while they're on the move so we're delighted to support this initiative which will bring reliable, free Wi-Fi to London Overground's customers."

Earlier this month, it was announced that free Wi-Fi will be offered at more than 80 tube stations during the Olympics as the result of a partnership between Virgin Media and London Underground.

After the Games, Wi-Fi at tube stations will still be available on a pay-as-you-go basis, while the system will be used to offer passengers the latest travel information thanks to the free online portal.

"It's vital thatwe harness the massive opportunities stemming from the digital revolution, bycreating a vibrant, world class industry to attract investment and create jobsfor Londoners," said London mayor Boris Johnson.

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