London tube wi-fi scheme on track despite security concerns

Darren Allan

March 28, 2011

The plan to wi-fi up the London underground, with 120 stations to be included in the network, is set to go ahead with a target completion date of the 2012 Olympics.

This is happening despite concerns such as the BBC voicing fears that the wi-fi network could potentially benefit terrorists.

Will Geddes of ICP Group told the Beeb that the network would allow terror cells to communicate on the underground (obviously), and also cited “numerous examples of bomb attacks detonated remotely by mobile phone in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

Of course, mobile access is in place on many underground train systems elsewhere in the world.

And, unsurprisingly enough, Boris Johnson certainly wasn’t looking on the negative side: “The roll out will finally allow Londoners to use mobile devices to pick up their e-mails and stay in touch with the world while they traverse our subterranean network.”

“We are inviting companies to bid before next June, which would mean Londoners underground will be able to keep up to date with the British medal tally at the 2012 Games.”

The wi-fi system has been trialled for the past five months at Charing Cross station. Any work on the tube system will be carried out to ensure a minimum of disruption to travellers (allegedly).

Huawei is thought to be in line for the contract, which as we reported last month, prompted security concerns in itself from the Joint Intelligence Committee.


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