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London Undergound on track for full mobile coverage by end of next year

All Elizabeth line stations on the London Underground have now have 4G mobile coverage as the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) continue with their programme to improve connectivity on the network.

Along the Elizabeth line, stations at Paddington, Canary Wharf, Whitechapel and Woolwich all recently gained 4G mobile coverage from ticket halls all the way to the platforms. These upgrades mean that around 25% of all underground Tube stations now have such coverage.

Work to deliver coverage within the tunnelled sections of the Elizabeth line continues, with the whole line expected to have coverage by the end of this year.

Meanwhile, customers on the Victoria and Piccadilly lines are now starting to experience 4G and 5G coverage, with more stations and underground sections going live through central London later this month.

A new map by TfL shows that large sections of the Tube network across the West End and southern end of the Northern line should be fully connected by the end of summer this year. Around 80% of stations across the network are on track to have coverage by the end of the year.

Sadiq Khan has committed to completing work across the whole of the Underground, Docklands Light Railway, Overground and Elizabeth line by the end of next year.

The Mayor of London said: “I promised that customers would be able to access high-speed mobile coverage at all stations and in tunnels, and I’m pleased to see how quickly the team are moving to enable 4G and 5G connectivity.

“Now customers can access the latest travel information, keep in touch with colleagues, friends and family, use social media and stream music at every station along the Elizabeth line.”

“This is just one of the many ways we are supporting Londoners as we build a better, fairer and more prosperous London for everyone.”

Shashi Verma, Chief Technology Officer at TfL said: "It's great to see that all Elizabeth line stations, and even more Tube stations, now have high-quality mobile coverage for the first time. This programme is gathering pace and we are working hard to bring the benefits of being able to stay in contact while travelling through our city as quickly as possible."

The project is being implemented by Boldyn Networks, who was awarded a 20-year concession by TfL in June 2021 to deliver high-speed, 5G-ready mobile connectivity across the entire Underground network.

Billy D'Arcy, CEO of UK & Ireland at Boldyn Networks, said: "With all Elizabeth lines stations now offering 4G mobile coverage, this milestone shows the rapid progress of our work to deploy connectivity across the London Underground.

“Customers can  stay connected with friends and family at some of the busiest stations across central London, and with further expansion of connectivity throughout the summer period, this will help to create a safer and smarter city for residents, businesses and visitors.”

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