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Mobile coverage on the Tube expands to more stations

People travelling on the London Underground will soon benefit from increased high-speed mobile coverage.

In partnership with telecoms infrastructure specialist BAI Communications, TfL is switching on 4G and 5G-ready coverage in a further six stations: Holland Park, Notting Hill Gate and Queensway on the Central line and Archway, Tufnell Park and Kentish Town on the Northern Line.

Connectivity will be available with all four mobile network operators — Three UK, EE, Vodafone and Virgin Media O2 — in ticket halls and on platforms, as well as in tunnels between those stations, allowing customers to get the latest travel information, access social media, check their emails, make calls and stream videos whilst on the move underground.

Man on phone on tube

Mobile coverage is already available on the eastern section of the Jubilee line from Westminster to Waterloo, Southwark, London Bridge, Bermondsey, Canada Water, Canary Wharf, North Greenwich and Canning Town.

With the latest additions, around 10% of Tube stations with platforms that are underground (and therefore usually unable to get a mobile signal) will offer 4G and 5G-ready coverage.

“Progress on delivery is accelerating and together with BAI Communications and the mobile network operators we will connect many of London’s busiest stations during 2023 — transforming experience for millions of our customers and helping them stay connected while shopping, visiting events and socialising with friends and family,” said Shashi Verma, chief technology officer at TfL.

Once fully delivered, more than 2,000 km of cabling and thousands of radios are expected to be installed within tunnels and stations, all of which will be fitted outside of operational hours. Around 500 people are working overnight across the Tube network to install mobile equipment.

The whole network is planned to be fully connected by the end of 2024.

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