London Underground railway network adding mobile phone serviceReady for mobile phone coverage on the London Underground railway network? A new report indicates that the UK’s big four mobile operators are close to a signing a £150 million deal that would do just that.

Rumors surrounding mobile phone coverage on the London Underground railway network began back in September in the Sunday Telegraph. Since then a second story has surface in the trade magazine, Mobile Today. The magazine suggests that the deal between the Transport for London (TfL) and the big four operators has received backing from the Mayor of London and is expected to be signed within the next two weeks.

Of course, the source of the magazine remains unnamed, but claims to work at one of the mobile network involved in the deal. This is not the first attempt at mobile phone service for the London Underground railway network. Plans by the previous Mayor faltered after none of the bidders were able to provide a commercially viable solution.

This time around the deployment will involve conventional leaky feeder cables running down into the station platforms to deliver the radio signal along with signal repeaters. The source indicates that so far the mobile operators have agreed to roll out service on Jubilee and Central lines in time for the Olympics, with other rail lines added later.

Rather than sticking with a single source, Mobile Today, spoke with a TfL spokeswoman who said, “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”. It’s safe to say a deal is currently underway and this time around it looks likely that mobile phone service will come to the London Underground railway network. So who’s ready to make some calls?

via Cellular News

  • Mel Gibson

    This one is great! Now even if you are travelling underground by train you can text and call your love ones using your mobile phones. I hope that it can also happen when you are on the airplane.

  • Brad Pitt

    Of course mobile phone operators would want to extend their service to London Underground but the London government kept them from installing their equipment. All the mayor has to do is to approve the applications of those mobile phone operators who want to install their equipment underground. Just wondering what’s keeping the mayor from doing it.

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