Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed that millions of business people will soon be able to use 4G mobile internet at five major London Underground stations thanks to a partnership between all the major mobile providers.
Losing your connection and going offline while commuting or between meetings on the London Underground is an all too common scenario in the UK capital. However, passengers will be able to access the internet via the Tube when Vodafone and Virgin Media O2 join the BAI Communications network.
The new deal means customers of all the major UK mobile providers – Three, EE, Vodafone and Virgin Media O2 – will be able to access 4G and 5G networks via the Underground.
Work is already underway to provide mobile data coverage and the next five stations to be connected to the internet are Bank, Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Euston and Camden Town. This is expected to be achieved within the next six months.
The current deadline for covering the entire Underground network is slightly longer, but the BAI has said that several new sections of the Tube network will have access to mobile data by the summer of 2023.
“Improving the capital’s connectivity and digital infrastructure is central to London’s post-pandemic economic recovery, so I’m delighted that Vodafone and Virgin Media O2 customers will now have access to high-speed mobile coverage when traveling on the Tube,” said Sadiq Khan.
“I promised Londoners 4G across the Tube network as part of my determination to build a better London for everyone, and I have no doubt it will transform journeys for millions of commuters.”
Transport for London (TFL) is Telecomm’s first award BAI 20-year concession to put mobile communication on the metro in June 2021.
“We’re delighted to welcome Vodafone and Virgin Media O2 to our network and reach another important milestone in our work to build a communications backbone across the capital,” said Billy D’Arcy, CEO of BAI Communications UK.
“Staying connected is more important than ever and we’re proud to be working with our partners to deliver 5G-ready connectivity that will change the way people move and work in the capital, enabling them to travel smarter, safer and safely.”