Plans to allow mobile phones to be used on London’s Tube network have been put on hold, a spokesman for Transport for London (TfL) has announced.
Although travellers can currently use their handsets at overground stations, they are unable to receive a signal on the overwhelming majority of the network’s stations which are underground.
Since 2004, TfL has been considering ways to roll-out mobile access for these stations with fibre optic wires among the options which were under consideration.
However, a representative for TfL has now revealed that a lack a viable delivery proposal from mobile phone networks means the plan is now currently suspended.
The spokesperson said: "London Underground tendered for a trial of mobile phones on the Waterloo and City line, but the market has yet to provide us with a credible proposal for enabling mobile phone use on the Tube.
"While it is technically possible to deploy mobile phone and data wireless solutions on the deep level Underground tunnels and stations, the unique nature and environment of the Tube mean that project costs would be prohibitively high at this time."
Profits accruing from mobile phone use on the Tube were to have been shared between the mobile phone networks and TfL.
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