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Plans for mobile signal on Tube by Olympics dashed

Plans for introduce mobile phone coverage on the London Underground in summer 2012.Olympics have broken down as the Tube’s antiquated network of narrow tunnels proved too difficult to connect in time.Britain’s four operators had been working with the Chinese telecoms provider Huawei and others to extend coverage on to the underground trains and stations in time for the Games which begin in July 2012.

According to the Mayor of London “We are grateful to the companies who explored the possibility of getting full mobile coverage on the Tube, although disappointed the genuine problems encountered could not be overcome on this occasion.”


The operators and Huawei had agreed to examine the idea even though there was no public money for the project. The mobile operators were willing to pay for the networks to be installed while Huawei had offered to donate part of the equipment.Vodafone, Telefonica’s O2, Everything Everywhere and Three UK have already spent several millions of pounds on the project.

According to them “As a group, we will continue to positively explore all other avenues available to us in order to provide a service at a later date,” Plans for a major expansion of wi-fi coverage in Tube stations in time for the Olympics will not be affected.

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