O2 has signed an agreement with TfL to bring 4G to the London Underground.
The plan to get increased coverage for commuters was put in place in 2017 with the plan coming together over the last couple of years. Over the summer, TfL pledged that the entirety of the Underground will have 4G connectivity by the mid 2020s and it's brought O2 on board to make that happen.
It'll being with a trial section of the Jubilee line, from Westminster to Canning Town, with "hundreds of miles of cable" being installed. It's set to go live in March 2020 before a wider rollout so that five million commuters can get enough signal to ignore one another properly.
4G will supplement the existing free WiFi service offered by TfL at over 260 WiFi-enabled London Underground stations and on TfL Rail services. The coverage will extend to corridors in the stations along the section of the Jubilee line, as well as ticket halls – with the exception of London Bridge and Waterloo stations which will be added later in the year.
Derek McManus, COO at O2 said:
"This is a fantastic project for O2 to be a part of and shows our relentless commitment to providing our network to our customers, wherever they are. The pilot will allow us to continue working hand in hand with TfL, and other network operators, to bring connectivity to commuters across London.
This unique collaboration builds on the recent announcement of the Shared Rural Network, showing how the telecommunications industry is spearheading a more connected, mobile Britain”.
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