London Underground to have full 4G coverage by 2024

The news comes following a successful trial on the eastern half of the Jubilee line.

The London Underground will receive full 4G coverage by the end of 2024, Transport for London (TfL) and Mayor Sadiq Khan have announced.  

The plan is to have the service rolled out in stages first to ticket halls and then to platforms and tunnels over the next three years.  

More than 2000km of cables will be installed outside of working hours throughout the stations and tunnels by BAI Communications, who have headed up similar deployments in New York, Toronto and Hong Kong.  

Work is now gearing up to begin at some of the busiest stations, including Camden Town, Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus. It’s hoped that some of these will be connected as early as 2022. 

A strong 4G broadband signal throughout the London Underground means that everyone will be able to stay connected throughout their journey. You could send an email, catch up on the news, stream YouTube or browse social media. 

The network will also be 5G capable meaning that passengers will be able to enjoy significantly faster speeds in the future.  

“London Underground was born in the 19th century and this concession to deliver mobile coverage to the whole Tube network ensures it continues to adapt for customers in the 21st century,” said TfL’s CTO Shashi Verma. 

“Providing mobile connectivity to customers within the tunnels and on platforms across London will help them stay connected more easily and will both provide a long-term revenue stream for TfL and support economic growth across the city.”

Source: E&T

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