Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Tube Getting Full 4G Phone Coverage Within 2 Years

Tube Getting Full 4G Phone Coverage Within 2 Years

On Thursday, the Mayor of London's office announced that mobile connectivity would begin being introduced to the Tube by 2019, letting people make calls and browse the internet while on the move underground. Khan wants to ensure that London can live up to its reputation as a world leader in technology.

Another part of the announcement involved a City Hall summit, dubbed the Digital Connectivity Funding Forum, where London's many local authorities will come together for support applying for the Government's Digital Infrastructure Funding.

The Mayor, who was elected in 2016, made a manifesto promise to fix London connectivity by tackling areas of poor internet provision and improve access to public sector property for digital infrastructure. In addition to offering encouragement and support to them as they apply for the United Kingdom government's Digital Infrastructure Funding and giving guidance on how best to use access wayleaves, to get more fibre in the ground and into buildings.

Underground stations already offer WiFi but is only available for free to customers on certain networks and does not cover the tunnels between stations. It's all part of a bit push to eliminate "not spots" in London and turn us into a world-class, digitally connected city.

In addition to the the Underground, the Crossrail Elizabeth Line will also feature continuous mobile coverage on the full length of its route when it launches in December 2018.

David Leam, infrastructure director at lobby group London First, said: "Business needs fast and reliable connections across our capital - in the office, for people working from home and when they're on the move".

At a Greater London Authority meeting he said: "We are working with TfL as well to get coverage into the stations by the beginning of 2019 and then the tunnels by midway through 2019". However, many areas across London suffer from poor digital connections, dubbed "Not-Spots", with specialist teams now having been appointed to help tackle the problem.

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