London Tube passengers will soon be able to use their mobile phones in underground tunnels. Commuters can currently use their phones at station concourses and platforms but not in tunnels. London lags behind other major capitals for mobile phone coverage on its transport network. Metro passengers in Paris, New York, Berlin, Seoul and Tokyo have enjoyed wi-fi services for several years. Eliminating so-called “not spots” in Tube tunnels was among London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s manifesto pledges during last year’s race for City Hall.
The BBC reports that Transport for London (TfL) and London Mayor Sadiq Khan will invite telecoms firms to bid to build the infrastructure to provide Underground 4G wi-fi coverage next month.
London Underground is one of the most high profile “not spots” in the country, and the mayor is said to be keen to improve connectivity across the capital.