Mobile users will soon be able to make calls even while they are travelling on London’s extensive tube network, sources close Mobile Magazine have revealed.
A deal is supposedly close to being struck between mobile operators and Transport for London (TfL) in two weeks, with France’s Thales and China’s Huawei in the running for contracts to set up the infrastructure that will enable mobile phones to receive signals deep underground.
At first, the service will be trialled on the Jubilee and Central lines, both of which connect to the site where the Olympic stadium is being built.
TfL said in a statement: "TfL and the Mayor of London are currently in discussion with mobile phone operators and other suppliers about the potential provision of mobile phone services on the deep tube network.
"Given the financial pressures on TfL's budgets any solution would need to be funded through mobile operators with no cost to fare or taxpayers. Discussions are ongoing."
We are surprised it took them so long, but to be honest we are just giddy to see that it’s finally becoming reality. Hopefully, 3G connectivity will be a part of the developments so that Londoners can surf and talk underground at the same time.
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