Virgin Media has won a contract to provide public Wi-Fi access at underground tube stations this summer during the London 2012 Olympics.

The service will be made available at more than 80 stations ahead of the summer and at up to 120 by the end of the year. The firm said passengers will be able to connect to the Wi-Fi for free from July on devices such as the new iPad.

Neil Berkett, CEO of Virgin Media said, "With the eyes of the world on London this summer, we’ll be showing off our capital as a leading connected city on the global stage. We’re putting the power of Virgin Media’s fibre optic network in the hands of millions of Londoners, commuters and visitors and are delighted to be launching Wi-Fi for free throughout summer 2012 and beyond."

The free service will coincide with the London 2012 Olympics and after this the Wi-Fi will be available as to Virgin Media broadband and mobile customers. However, all tube passengers will be able to access free Transport for London travel information.

Virgin Media said the contract will create no cost to the tube fare or the taxpayer.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London said, "It's vital that we harness the massive opportunities stemming from the digital revolution, by creating a vibrant, world class industry to attract investment and create jobs for Londoners."

"Millions of passengers will now be able to connect to their work, friends or access the latest news and travel information whilst on the move. This is a fabulous new and free resource which will be in place from this summer when London is being showcased on a global stage and playing host to millions."