Set of tubes for full mobile coverage by the end of 2024: CityAM
Commuters will be able to access phone and internet coverage on every part of the London Underground network by the end of 2024, Sadiq Khan said.
Transport for London (TfL) today signed a new agreement with mobile phone provider BAI Communications to provide 4G and 5G services across the entire transit system.
The first stations, which include Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Euston, Bank and Camden Town, will have internet access from the end of next year.
Passengers have been able to use 4G on the eastern half of the Jubilee line since last year, but as part of the 20-year deal BAI will extend coverage to the entire network.
The announcement fulfills one of Khan’s re-election commitments. He said: “I promised Londoners that if they re-elect me for a second term as mayor, I would provide 4G across the entire tube network.
“It is already operational on the eastern half of the Jubilee line and I am delighted to announce today that I live up to this commitment and that full internet access will be available in the tube, with key central London stations such as that Oxford Circus and Euston should benefit from it before the end of next year.
BAI Communications chief executive Billy D’Arcy said the company will invest £ 1 billion in the program over the term of the contract.
“Our long-term partnership with TfL will completely transform the passenger experience, while helping to boost London’s economy and providing social benefits for years to come,” he added.
The deal comes just a day after Vodafone customers were furious when they found themselves banned from accessing WiFi on the tube.
The telecoms giant revealed that it had left a multi-company deal with Virgin Media which provided free WiFi at certain stations.