Full mobile coverage finally coming to the London Underground by 2024

Jun 23, 2021

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Can you hear me now?

Within the next few years, Londoners and those visiting who use the London Underground will soon be able to use their phone more easily, because mobile service and internet access is coming to the Tube.

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BAI Communications has been awarded a 20-year contract to provide 4G and 5G mobile phone coverage and full internet access to the Underground for Londoners by 2024, eliminating the dead zones that constantly plague Tube travellers.

City officials hope to have the first fully connected stations — key central London hubs such as Oxford Circus and Euston — running by the end of 2022.

This will also benefit inbound travellers, as being able to use your smartphone to access the internet or text friends and family will make the journey on the Piccadilly line from Heathrow to central London more manageable.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said providing mobile service and providing internet access for commuters who use the Underground will be a boost to the city’s economy, due to the extra revenue it could generate for Transport for London (TfL).

“I promised Londoners that if they re-elected me for a second term as mayor I would deliver 4G throughout the Tube network,” the mayor told the BBC.

The installation of mobile phone service is already underway. Phone reception has been available for travellers who use the eastern half of the Jubilee line since last March.

The new network will support 4G and 5G rollout and all mobile operators will be able to use the new network. Mobile coverage on underground sections of the Tube had only previously been available during a short trial on the Waterloo and City Line during the summer of 2017.

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