This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 31/05/2017.
Tube passengers could soon be able to browse the internet and even make calls
Losing signal on your phone while on the Tube could become a thing of the past.
Commuters who use the Tube could soon be able to browse the internet, text and even make calls in the tunnels of the underground system, the BBC is reporting.
Currently, passengers can make use of wi-fi hotspots in ticket halls and on platforms at more than 250 stations, but not in tunnels or between stations.
But it is being reported that Transport for London and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan will, after the general election, invite telecoms firms to bid to build the infrastructure to provide underground 4G wi-fi coverage.
As far as major cities go, London is currently lagging behind places like New York, Paris and Berlin where a fully connected service has been enjoyed for years.
Introducing a full wi-fi service and eliminating so called “not spots” in Tube tunnels was part of Mayor Khan’s manifesto pledges last year.
The likes of Virgin Media, which has already built the infrastructure for wi-fi in station concourses and on platforms, could be interested in bidding for the contract.