After a few successful trials just last year, work has begun on the full implementation of a mobile services across the London Underground network. Transport for London has been awarded BAI Communications a 20-year contract to deliver the technology to supply mobile data connectivity in every station and tunnel. People living in London will therefore be able to use their smartphones even while travelling inside a Tube train.
A pilot scheme has been operating in East London ever since March 2020 with mobile network partners including O2 and EE, in providing a 4G connection on the Jubilee line. This new system will be expanded to the entire network by the end of 2024.
The very first central stations are to get full connectivity which are Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Euston, Bank and Camden Town. Work has already started and is expected to be finished by the end of 2020. Other stations will then be added over the next two years following.
“I am promising people living in London that if they re-elect me for a second term as Mayor I will deliver 4G all throughout the Tube network. It’s already running on the eastern half of the Jubilee line and I am very delighted to reveal today that I am fulfilling that commitment and full internet access will be available across the Tube, with key central London stations like the Oxford Circus and Euston set to benefit just before the end of next year”, announced the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
“Protecting jobs and stimulating the city’s economy is the top priority for me as London rebuilds after this pandemic situation, and investing in London’s connectivity and digital infrastructure is central to this”.