Three and EE will offer 4G and 5G access in the London Underground

UK mobile providers Three and EE are the first networks to strike a deal for 4G and 5G coverage across the entire London Underground. The carriers have struck a deal with infrastructure provider BAI Communications, which is building a network across the Tube under a 20-year concession with Transport for London. Three and EE’s agreement will allow customers to access mobile data at stations and on the metro.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement:

“I am delighted to see Three and EE signing on as the first operators to provide full 4G broadband access on the Metro network. This will make a huge difference for passengers, allowing them to make calls, read emails and verify travel information. Investing in London’s connectivity and digital infrastructure is an important way for us to help boost our city’s economy. It is also an important step in ensuring that the entire metro network has 5G-enabled mobile coverage.

London’s underground network has offered WiFi connectivity for nearly a decade, but it’s only available to customers of certain carriers on certain platforms. Earlier this year, Transport for London chose BAI Communications to build a mobile network covering all stations and tunnels, allowing commuters to check emails, watch videos and do everything else online over 4G or 5G even when inside underground metal tubes.

BAI has already started building the network at some of London’s busiest stations, including Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Bank, Euston and Camden Town. They will be the first to allow 4G and 5G connectivity by the end of 2022. City authorities expect the network to be completed and the whole of London Underground to have mobile coverage by the end of 2024.

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Bonny J. Streater