Boris Mobilises the Tube

A report in this morning’s Daily Telegraph says that the London Underground will have mobile phone reception in time for the 2012 Olympics, after the Mayor, Boris Johnson, personally intervened to force the UK’s five main mobile operators – Vodafone, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and 3, to share the £100m-plus cost to make it happen.

The report says that “virtually all” of the Citys Tube network will have mobile phone reception by the time the 2012 Olympics kick off. Coverage will be enabled by transmitters running along the top of London Underground tunnels, with antennas on the ends of each carriage to pick up the signal.

Mobile reception is already offered on Undergound systems in many cities around the world, including Berlin, Barcelona, and, on platforms and station concourses, Glasgow. Our regular readers may reported in June 2009 that said the Government was keen on extending mobile coverage to the London Underground. The idea was mooted in the Digital Britain report. You can read our original story here.