London Underground tunnels to offer free wi-fi

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Transport for London are working on putting the proposal into action. 

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Transport for London (TFL) have begun work on an initiative to make wi-fi available throughout the London Underground tunnels.

Its remained one of the country’s most high-profile “not spots” as internet access arrived at the majority of Underground platforms and stations way back in 2012.

According to the BBC, representatives from the TFL and Mr Khan are due to invite a number of high profile telecommunication companies to bid for the privilege of constructing the infrastructure which would provide the coverage in the coming months.

Virgin Media, who currently provide wi-fi to all of the Underground’s platforms and stations, BT and Openreach are all expected to take part in the auction.

Australian telecommunication company BAI Communications are also rumoured to be putting in a bid as they’ve recently opened offices in the capital and have announced plans for further expansion across Europe.

"We are keen to offer full mobile phone coverage for our customers,” said a TFL spokesperson. “The introduction of this would need to be commercially viable and would follow engagement with staff and customers."

The plan was first announced last year as part of Khan’s election manifesto which saw him defeat standing candidate Boris Johnson.

Residents of other major cities all across the world like Paris, New York, Berlin, Seoul and Tokyo have been able to enjoy wi-fi service throughout their Metro tunnels for a number of years now.

Source: BBC

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