London Underground 4G pilot announced


Mobile network operator O2 has signed an agreement with Transport for London to bring full 4G connectivity to the London Underground Jubilee Line, from Canning Town to Westminster. The deal is part of a pilot involving the other main telco providers, as well as O2 mobile virtual network operators.

According to the operator, the trial will go live in March of next year, with the aim of paving the way for a wider roll-out across the rest of the London tube system. The project falls in line with “O2’s focus on providing service where customers need it most, with the London Underground a notorious ‘not-spot’ for mobile signal.”

O2 - which was named supplier of the year at the recent TfL Supplier Awards - has stated that the contract to provide 4G connectivity across the network should be awarded by summer of 2020.

Speaking of the pilot, Derek McManus, COO at O2 said: “This will allow us to continue working hand-in-hand with TfL, and other network operators, to bring connectivity to commuters across London. This unique collaboration builds on the recent announcement of the shared rural network, showing how the telecommunications industry is spearheading a more connected, mobile Britain.”

Shashi Verma, chief technology officer at TfL said: “It’s great that O2 has signed up to bring its 4G network to Jubilee line customers. The London Underground network is an incredibly challenging environment in which to deliver technological improvements. We remain on course for customers to start benefiting from our pilot from March 2020.”

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