Transport for London (TfL) has announced plans to bring 4G and 5G mobile network coverage to approximately 40 London Underground stations by spring 2024. This initiative is aimed at improving Internet access for subway passengers, especially those traveling on the Elizabeth line or certain sections of the Northern line.
By the end of this year, high-speed mobile coverage will be available at Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon and Liverpool Street stations on the Elizabeth line. All stations and tunnel sections of the line will have 4G mobile coverage next spring, including stations such as Whitechapel, Stratford, Canary Wharf, Customs House and Woolwich.
Some sections of the Northern Line between Mornington Crescent and Archway stations are already covered by a high-speed mobile network. In the future, it is planned to extend the coverage to the sections between Tottenham Court Road/Euston and Camden Town stations.
The telecommunications company Boldyn Networks will undertake the implementation of the communication improvement program on behalf of TfL. The plan involves adding 5G coverage to sections of the London Underground network that already have 4G connectivity, such as the Jubilee line. In addition, in the near future it is expected that the possibility of access to 5G will also appear on the Victoria line, the Central line, the District line and the lines of the London Underground – the network of urban and suburban electric trains of the British capital.
Andy Lord, Commissioner for Transport for London, expressed his commitment to the program and its aim to provide passengers with access to modern communications and the ability to receive up-to-date travel information while using the Tube network. TfL aims to have mobile coverage in around 80% of Tube stations by the end of 2024.
Mobile coverage currently covers 18 of London Underground’s 121 underground stations, which is just over 10% of the total number of stations. A little less than half of the network stations on the Central, Northern and Jubilee lines are covered by mobile communications.
TfL expects mobile coverage to cover 80% of London Underground stations (including the London Underground) by the end of 2024. That is, 215-220 out of 272 stations.
Mobile coverage of the London Underground network is provided by Boldyn Networks, formerly BAI Communications, as part of a 20-year telecommunications services concession under TfL’s Connected London project. It cooperates with four British mobile operators – Three UK, EE, Vodafone and Virgin Media O2.