London Underground rolls-out 4G


EE has switched on 4G coverage for the London Underground’s Jubilee Line, as part of a Transport for London pilot.

The roll-out will cover the eastern half of the line, covering platforms and tunnels between Westminster and Canning Town. According to EE, TfL is hoping to extend the coverage to the rest of the Jubilee Line by the end of the year.

Speaking of the pilot, Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s consumer division, said: “This is a big step for both connectivity and for London. We’re looking forward to seeing how our customers use 4G on the Underground. It’s a big step forward for keeping entertained and in touch, and this switch-on aims to pave the way for a wider rollout across the [underground network].”

Shashi Verma, chief technology officer at TfL, said: “This has been very complex work to install the necessary equipment to allow our customers to be able to get phone reception within our tunnels while keeping the stations open and operational.

“We are now looking at extending the pilot to cover the entire Jubilee line by the end of the year, as well as award our wider concession to all the whole Underground network to be connected in the future.”

The pilot is being run in conjunction with the other main 4G network providers, and will be available to customers of all of EE’s mobile virtual network operator partners, as well as BT Mobile, PlusNet Mobile and business customers.

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